Terrorism is fought and won in the minds of those who engage in it. It takes courage to lay down your arms and work for peace. As security forces stepped up anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir, 12 militants from four different outfits, laid down arms in Baramulla district on monday.

Disillusionment, frustration and a strong desire to return to their homes to rejoin the mainstream led them to surrender. With their faces covered due to security reasons, the militants gave mediapersons details of how they were lured to cross the Line of Control, given training in handling of weapons and explosives and indoctrinated for jihad (holy war).

They also highlighted the role of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence’s activities in the valley. A number of Kashmiri youths in ISI’s training camps had committed suicide while others were doing menial jobs to earn a living, they said.