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New name, same terror group: LeT becomes TRF to save Pak from FATF axe

Keen to show that it is acting on terror groups, Pakistan has done what it has been doing in the past – change names of terror groups.It has emerged that Lashkar-e-Taiba has changed its name to TRF – The Resistance Front. The group has been involved in a number of attacks in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

While Lashkar has been listed by the United Nations and has been banned globally, the group formed under the new name changed group has no such ban.

“These terrorists are being pushed into Kashmir by Pakistan Army. When infiltration efforts get countered by the strong counter-infiltration grid of Indian Army, Pakistan Army resorts to the ceasefire violation. Experiencing these tricks in past, Indian Army constructed Anti-Infiltration Obstacle Systems and enhanced its surveillance capabilities, thereby negating the effect of firing in successfully aiding infiltration,” army sources told WION.

In March, J&K Police DG confirmed to WION the existence of such group. He told WION, “This TRF as the local front of Lashkar-e-Toiba was launched by Pakistan immediately after August 5 Abrogation of Article 370 and so far not armed with firearms. They were involved in Grenade attacks and OGW actions only.”

Explaining, “This is the first-ever TRF module of LeT identified and busted by police which was going to be armed very soon.”

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