I don't believe PADS will do that for you. You'll need to use the blind via. Others may know a workaround.
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PADS do not allow PTH to be Blind or Buried style. The definition of PTH itself it is not possible. The only way I see you can to that is to create this part with SMD pad and in Layout have your Blind/Buried Vias defined along with Drill Layer Pairs.
Once all of the above setup is done, you can add a Blind via within SMP pad of desired component.
I had not a big expectation but we had to ask
I'll use your strategy as a workaround.
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