Hunt On To Nab Three Most Wanted Militants In Jammu And Kashmir
Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have shifted their focus to three top surviving Militant commanders, after the forces wiped-out almost entire top militant leadership in the Kashmir valley in the 11 months of 2018.
Hizbul Mujahideen chief operations commander Reyaz Ahmad Naikoo alias Mohommad bin Qasim, chief of Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind outfit Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, and Zeenat-ul-Islam, who recently switched side from Hizbul Mujahideen to Al Badr, are now on the radar of the security forces.
A resident of Tokun Beighpora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Naikoo joined Hizbul in December 2012 after quitting his job as school teacher. An A++ category Militant , he rose to the rank of chief operations commander after Hizbul top brass, including Burhan Wani, was eliminated in the Valley. A tech savvy commander, he is the mastermind of recent abductions of the policemen in south Kashmir. Zeenat-ul-Islam, considered an IED expert, has been hopping from one terror outfit to another since he took up arms in November 2015. A resident of Sugan Zainpora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, he recently released his audio message announcing that he has joined Al Badr. Another Category A++ Militant , he is one of the most wanted commanders of the Valley.
Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, who is the chief commander of Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind, is another top commander wanted by the security forces. Hailing from Noorpora Tral, Zakir Musa was a top aide of Burhan Wani before he switched sides and brought Al Qaeda to Kashmir. Musa, an engineering drop-out, joined Militant ranks in 2013 and is considered an A++ category Militant.
The three surviving commanders are part of list of top most wanted commanders drawn by the security forces in 2018. More than 15 top most commanders have been eliminated by the security forces so far in the valley.
“We are coordinating with others forces on daily basis. We review our work and strategy on a day to day basis. I feel that all their commanders are our target. Our efforts are on to enhance operational work in future,” said Dilbag Singh, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.
Some of the top commanders who have been slain included Naveed Jutt alias Abu Hanzulla, Mushtaq Ahmed Mir alias Hammad, Mehraj-ud-din Bangroo, Abu Muaz, Azad Ahmad Malik, all belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Altaf Kachroo, Umar Majeed Ganie alias Maaz, Manan Wani, Saddam Paddar, Sammer Tiger and Abbas Bhat were some of the top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen that were eliminated this year.
Security forces also killed Jaish-e-Mohammed chief commander Mufti Waqas, who was the mastermind of Sunjwan army camp attack, Mufti Yasir and Usman Hyder, the nephew of Jaish chief and Pathankote attack mastermind Masood Azhar.
Figures collected by the different security agencies reveal that 227 Militants were killed in different encounters across the Kashmir valley. Of these 124 were locals, 44 foreigners (Pakistanis) and 59 unidentified.
J&K Police Admit Youth Killed On Eid-ul-Fitr In Anantnag Was Injured In Government Forces Action
Jammu and Kashmir police has confessed that a youth Sheeraz Ahmed Naikoo of Anantnag was injured in forces action while dealing with the protestors on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, who later succumbed to his injuries at district hospital Anantnag.
In a report submitted to SHRC, Police admitted that Sheeraz was injured when police and other forces fired pellets and tear gas shells to disperse protesters on June 16, 2018.
The police report comes in response to the petition filed by Rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.
The report reads that on June 16, after Eid prayers at Eidgah Ahlihadith Ashajipora and Eidgah Hanifa Janglat Mandi Anantnag, “an unruly mob resorted to stone pelting upon the police forces deployed around the Hanfia Eidgah and police Janglat Mandi. Police and other forces tried to disperse the protestors in a peaceful manner but the mob turned more violent and continuously pelted stones on the forces. The police and other forces in retaliation fired some tear smoke shells/pellets to disperse the miscreants soon the clashes spread to other parts of the town of Anantnag.”
The report said that one youth namely Sheeraz Ahmed Naikoo of Brakpora, Anantnag received injuries during the stone pelting who was shifted to district hospital Anantnag for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.
227 Militants Including Nine Top Commanders Killed This Year, 37 In November: Report
37 militants have been killed in gunfights with government forces across Kashmir in the month of November making it the bloodiest month of this year for the militants. The slain militants include top nine commanders.
As per official figures, 227 militants have been killed in different parts of Kashmir so far this year. While they belonged to different organisations, the Lashkar and Hizbul Mujahideen suffered major losses this month as both groups lost some of their top commanders, especially in south Kashmir, Hindustan Times reported. Last year, 207 militants were killed in this period.
This November, nine militant commanders were killed – five affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen and four with the Lashkar. J&K’s director general of police, Dilbag Singh told Hindustan Times that the number of militants at present is hovering around 250. “After several successful operations, the graph of militancy, especially in south Kashmir, has come down and fresh recruitment has also declined.’’
The report quoting another senior police official said that this year more than 15 top militant commanders affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar, Hizbul Mujahideen, Harkat-ul- Mujahideen and Ansar–ul-Gazwat- ul-Hind were killed in different anti-militancy operations by the government forces.
The officer said that now only three to four prominent top commanders are active – Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational commander, Riyaz Naikoo, Al Badr commander, Zeenat-ul Islam who was earlier with Hizbul Mujahideen and now has shifted to Albadr, Lateef Tiger who was an associate of Burhan Wani and Zakir Musa, the chief of Ansar-ul-Gazwat-ul-Hind. “The killings of several commanders have put the commanders who are at large under tremendous pressure,’’ the officer said.
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Pakistan To Convert Rishi Kapoor’s House In Peshawar Into Museum
The Pakistan government has decided to convert Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor’s ancestral home in the Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar into a museum soon, heeding to a request by the actor.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Pakistan government will make the actor’s house into a museum.
“There was a call from Rishi Kapoor. He requested that his family’s home in Peshawar should be made into a museum or some sort of institution. We have accepted his request,” he told a group of visiting Indian journalists.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Shehryar Khan Afridi said Kapoor telephoned him to preserve his family’s house in Peshawar and we are responding positively to his request.
“He had called me and talked about making his ancestral home into a museum. Now the federal and provincial governments are working on this and will will transform the house into a museum soon,” Afridi said.
The Kapoor Haveli in Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Bollywood icon Prithviraj Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was born in Peshawar on December 14, 1924. The actor-director is best known for a string of hit films he made in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Kapoor family left Peshawar after the Partition in 1947. PTI
Panchayat Elections Update: In 5th Phase Of Panchayat Polling Kashmir Records 19%, Jammu Region 61%
Kashmir recorded over 19 per cent polling while Jammu registered more than 61 per cent voting till noon in the fifth phase of the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat elections Thursday, officials said.
The polling began at 8 am and ended at 2 pm in 2,512 polling stations, including 1,743 stations in Jammu division and 769 in Kashmir division, they said.
Poonch district in Jammu region recorded the highest polling of 72 per cent, while Pulawama district in central Kashmir recorded the lowest at 0.2 per cent, the officials said.
Among other districts of Jammu division, Ramban, Rajouri and Udhampur witnessed 63.9, 60.4 and 60.3 per cent polling, respectively. It was followed by Jammu 59.1, Reasi 56.2 and Doda 55.9.
In Kashmir division, Kupwara district topped the turnout chart with 30.7 per cent, followed by Bandipora with 30 per cent, Badgam 29.8 per cent, Baramulla 26.1 per cent, Ganderbal 13.2 per cent and Anantnag with 6.7 per cent, they said.
About 848 polling stations have been categorised as ‘hypersensitive’, including 755 in Kashmir division and 93 in Jammu division.
He said 4,763 candidates are in the fray for 309 sarpanch and 1,534 panch seats in the fifth phase, while 118 sarpanchs and 1,046 panchs have been elected unopposed.
In the areas going to polls on Thursday, an electorate of 4,04,283 will be voting for sarpanch constituencies and 2,70,295 for panch constituencies, Kabra said.
In the first phase of the panchayat polls held on November 17, an estimated 74.1 per cent polling was recorded across the state, including 64.5 per cent in Kashmir division and 79.4 per cent in Jammu division.
In the second phase held on November 20, overall 71.1 per cent polling was witnessed across the state with an overwhelming 80.4 per cent polling in Jammu division and 52.2 per cent in Kashmir division.
In the third phase, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 per cent which included 55.7 per cent in Kashmir division and 83.0 per cent in Jammu division.
In the fourth phase, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.3 per cent, including 82.4 per cent polling in Jammu division and 32.3 per cent in Kashmir division.
The results of all the phases have been announced by the respective returning officers, Kabra said.
Jammu And Kashmir Government To Fill Up 17062 Posts In J&K Police
State government said that it will conduct 17062 additional non-gazzetted recruitments in different wings ofJammu and Kashmir police (JKP) by 2020-21.
It said that 8531 posts of inspector, sub-inspector, additional sub-inspector and head constable and similar number of posts (8531) of constables will be created in a phased manner in different wings of the police.
Government order number 1616-Home of 2018 dated November 28, 2018 said that in the first phase (2018-19), 1822 recruitments of inspec tor, sub-inspector, additional
sub-inspector and head constable will be made in the executive wing of the police, 569 in armed wings and 456 in other wings.
In the second phase, (2019-20), 1820 recruitments of inspector, sub-inspector, additional sub-inspector and head constable will be made in executive, 567 in armed and 455 in other wings of the police, while in the third phase (2020-21), 1820 recruitments of inspector, sub-inspector, additional sub-inspector and head constable will be made in executive, 567 in armed and 455 in other wings of the police.
As far as recruitment of constables is concerned, in the first phase (2018-19), 1822 posts will be filled up in executive wing, 569 in armed and 456 in other wings. In the second phase (2019-20), 1820 posts will be filled up in executive, 567 in armed and 455 in other wings of the police.
In the last phase (2020-21), 1820 posts of constables will be created in executive, 567 in armed and 455 in other wings of the police.
The order further said that 17062 posts were created vide government order number 1392-Home of 2018 dated October 6, 2018.
USD Three Billion As Security Assistance To Pakistan Suspended By United States
The US has suspended USD 3 billion in security assistance to Pakistan this year after it failed to rein in terrorist groups, a figure which is much higher than the USD 1.3 billion quoted by the Trump administration earlier, according to sources.
The USD 3 billion amount was calculated in the latest compilation of all figures coming from various funding streams from different fiscal years, PTI has learnt.
Not been made public yet, the suspended figure of USD3 billion is much higher than the USD1.3 billion quoted by President Donald Trump this month and USD 1.66 billion reported by the Pentagon last week.
The compilation of the figures coming from various wings of the US Government is understood to have been done after the recent Twitter spat between President Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The US president this month said that Pakistan did not “do a damn thing” for the US despite billions of dollars in American aid for the South Asian nation.
Khan fired back, telling the president on Twitter that he “needs to be informed about historical facts.”
Khan said that the US aid to Pakistan was a “miniscule” USD 20 billion, while the country lost 75,000 people and more than USD 123 billion fighting the ‘US War on Terror’.
Over the past several years, senior US officials had been accusing Pakistan of playing a double game with the US and not taking satisfactory action against terrorist groups like Haqqani networks, the Taliban and Lashkar-a-Taiba.
During the second term of the Obama administration, US lawmakers started bringing in legislations that imposed stringent conditions on Pakistan for certain security assistance.
But Trump became the first US president to announce suspension of security aid to Pakistan.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump announced on January 1.
Since then, senior administration officials assert no security aid has been given to Pakistan. Among this also includes the coalition support fund.
Early this month, Trump charged Pakistan of harbouring Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda leader, and asserted that his country will not give any financial aid to Pakistan.
Trump told White House reporters last week that he wants to have a better relationship with Pakistan, but would not revoke suspension of aid unless he sees changes in the approach of Pakistan towards terrorist organisations.
Protest By J&K Bank Employees In Srinagar, Demand Rollback Of SAC Order
Employees of Jammu and Kashmir Bank on Thursday staged a protest in Srinagar to demand rollback of the decision of the state administrative council (SAC) to turn the bank into a public sector undertaking (PSU).
All India J&K Bank officers Federation had yesterday called for protests against the SAC decision.
Scores of employees assembled at the corporate headquarters of the bank and staged a demonstration to demand rollback of the SAC order.
The protesting employees were carrying placards with messages, ‘Roll Back SAC decision’.
Khrew Gunfight Update: Two Hizbul Mujahedeen Militants Killed In Khrew Encounter
Two militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Khrew area of Awantipora in south Kashmir on Thursday morning, police said.
A police spokesman, in a statement, said that a cordon and search operation was launched before dawn jointly by the police and forces following “credible” inputs about the presence of militants in Sharshali area of Khrew.
“As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated, leading to a gunfight,” he said.
In the ensuing gunfight, he said, two militants were killed.
He identified the slain as Adnan Lone and Adil Bhat. Both the slain, he said, were affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen.
“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter,” said the spokesman.
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J&K Government Orders Probe Into Moonlighting Of Government Employee As News Anchor
The department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) is investigating a complaint regarding an employee said to be working as a television journalist.
The Director Finance of the department has sought a ‘factual report’ about the pharmacist Aijaz Ahmad Khan alias Sanam Aijaz, “presently posted with the Chief Medical Office (CMO) Srinagar”.
“The department is in receipt of a complaint wherein it has been mentioned that one pharmacist namely Aijaz Ahmad Khan alias Sanam Aijaz, presently posted with Chief Medical Office Srinagar is also working for a TV channel Gulistaan news,” reads a letter from Director Finance, H&ME to Director, Health Services Kashmir.
“Further it had also been stated that the said pharmacist has also pursued his Masters degree in Mass Communication and Journalism & has drawn salary for the said period.”
The letter aks Director Health Services Kashmir to “furnish the factual reports in this regard”.
Director Health Services, Dr Kunzes Dolma told Kashmir Reader that she had forwarded the order to Chief Medical Officer Srinagar for a detailed report
“Once we will receive the detailed report we will form a committee to inquire about this issue,” she said.
Despite several attempts, Aijaz did not respond to calls made from this reporter.
Violating service rules, several government employees are moonlighting as journalists in the Valley. But the government has been quite lax in acting against those employees despite several media reports highlighting the issue.
J&K Bank Federation Announces Protests Against Government PSU Decision
All India Jammu and Kashmir Bank Officers Federation on Wednesday announced they will launch an agitation against the Governor’s decision of converting the bank into Public Sector Undertaking (PSU).
Addressing a presser here, the federation president Tasaduq Madni said they will hold a protest at the bank’s corporate headquarters in the capital Srinagar tommorow.
Similarly, on Friday, he said protests will be held outside at zonal headquarters. “After the protests, a call for future couse of action will be taken,” he said adding, if the government remains adamant on its decision they will calculate the equity of the JK government in the bank and will return it.
Budgam Encounter Update: Two Militants Killed, Three Soldiers Injured In Gunfight At Chattergam Budgam
Two militants were killed and three army soldiers wounded in a gunfight in Chattergam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday.
Quoting reports, news agency GNS reported that two militants were killed and three army men injured in the gunfight that broke out after a joint team of army’s 50RR, CRPF and SOG cordoned off Chattergam.
A senior police official confirmed to GNS that two militants were killed and three army men injured in the gunfight.
He said the identity of the slain militants was yet to be ascertained.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Do you know who is the bankrupt?” They said: “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property”. He said, “The real bankrupt of my Ummah would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection with Salat, Saum and Sadaqah (charity), (but he will find himself bankrupt on that day as he will have exhausted the good deeds) because he reviled others, brought calumny against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others; so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be entered in his account and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire”. [Muslim].
Former SSP Srinagar Riyaz Bedar Joins National Conference In Presence Of Omer Abdullah
Former senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer Riyaz Bedar on Tuesday joined National Conference (NC) in presence of party vice president Omar Abdullah.
Bedar, a former Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar, was accorded a warm welcome by Abdullah in presence of top party leaders, reported news agency KNS.
“Keeping in view the exemplary service track record of Riyaz Bedar, party will be benefited by his experience in public service. Omar Abdullah also lauded the services of Riyaz Bedar while welcoming him into the party fold,” NC District President Baramulla Javid Ahmad Dar was quoted as having said by the news agency.
The report said Bedar, who hails from Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, is likely to take on PDP rebel and former minister Imran Raza Ansari from the Pattan constituency in the next assembly elections.
Redwani Gunfight Update: Both Lashkar-e-Toiba Militants Killed In Redwani Kulgam Identified
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said that the two militants slain in Redwani gunfight were affiliated with Lashkar e Toiba.
In a statement, police identified the slain as identified as Ajaz Ahmad Makroo son of Late Ghulam Rasool Makroo, a resident of Qaimoh and Waris Ahmad Malik son of Bashir Ahmad Malik, a resident of Arwani.
“As per police records both the killed militants were affiliated with LeT and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” a police statement said.
“Ajaz Makroo was a close associate of Naveed Jat and Azad Dada. Several cases were registered against him and the prominent among them include FIR No. 60/2016, FIR No. 45/2017, FIR No. 100/2017, FIR No. 10/2018, FIR No. 13/2018 registered at Police Station Kulgam. Similarly, Waris was also figured in several crimes cases.”
Tral Gunfight Update: Deputy Chief Of Zakir Musa-Led Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind Shakir Hassan Killed In Tral Encounter
The deputy chief of Zakir Musa-led Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind Shakir Hassan Dar was killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Tral region of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.
A source said that Shakir Hassan Dar of Rathsuna area was killed in the gunfight that broke out in Hafoo Reshipora today morning.
Locals said that two residential houses, a cowshed and a bathroom were damaged in the firefight.
A police spokesman said that a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by Police and security forces early morning hours today based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Hafoo Reshipora area of Tral Township.
“As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the gunmen. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.
In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed,” he said.
Meanwhile, another cordon-and-search-operation is going on in Pinglish area of Tral.
An army patrolling party was attacked by the militants in the area last evening.
Kulgam Encounter Update: Two Militants, Armyman Killed And Two CRPF Men Injured
Two militants, a armyman were killed while as two CRPF men were injured after a Nocturnal gunfight raged between militants and goverment forces in Redwani area of Qaimoh in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday.
Reports reaching GNS said that two militants and a armyman were killed after a joint team of army’s 1RR, CRPF and SOG cordoned off Redwani.
A senior Police official also confirmed to GNS that two militants have been killed.
The officer further said that militants fired UBGL outside encounter site area towards CRPF in which two CRPF men were injured who were shifted to nearby hospital for specialised treatment.
However officer said that identity of the slain militants are yet to be ascertained.
The slain aryman has been identified as Prakash Yadav.