Security forces cornered LeT commander Abu Dujana

Security forces cornered LeT commander Abu Dujana in Pulwama

The Jammu and Kashmir Police described the killing of Abu Dujana as “good riddance to a nuisance” and said operations against all militants will continue irrespective of civilian protests.

How security forces cornered LeT commander Abu Dujana in Pulwama

Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, and his aide were on Tuesday killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir.

As the security forces were engaged in the counter-militancy operation, over 100 protestors pelted stones on them, an Army official said. In a bid to disperse stone pelters, security forces opened fire, killing one person and injuring several others.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police described the killing of Dujana as “good riddance to a nuisance” and said operations against all militants will continue irrespective of civilian protests.

Addressing the media with Lt Gen JS Sandhu, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army`s 15th Corps, Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said: “Dujana`s killing is good riddance to a nuisance in the area.”

Khan added: “Whether or not there are protests and disruptions by protesters during our operations against militants, the security forces will continue their operations.”

He said the security forces tried to persuade the holed up militants in Hakripora village in Pulwama district on Tuesday to surrender. The local militant who died with Dujana was said to be Arif Lalihaari.

“The head of the family of the house where Dujana and Arif were hiding was used to persuade them to surrender. Perhaps because of the presence of Dujana, Arif, a local militant, could not surrender,” the police officer said.

Both Khan and Lt Gen Sandhu said Dujana was now mostly indulging in “ayyashi” (debauchery) more than engaging himself in terrorist activities.

Khan said all the overground operatives who helped terrorists to carry out the attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 10 in which eight people were killed had been arrested.

“They are with us and they are singing. We have also seized vehicles involved in the attack. The case has been cracked. It is now only the militants involved in the attack who are to be neutralized.”

Asked about the next militant the security forces were targeting, Khan said: “Every militant active in the Kashmir Valley is our next target.”

-August 1, 2017, Srinagar

Uri terror attack: NIA registers case

Uri terror attack: NIA registers case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today registered a case to probe the terror attack at the Army installation in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed and dozens others injured after four Pakistani militants stormed the base.
The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the Army formation at Uri, 102 kms from here.
Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group and two Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Official sources said the NIA team, which was now camping at Uri, would collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to Jaish cadres lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.
Two of the four bodies are charred below the waist, they said.
The sources said while one GPS was damaged due to the fire, the other was being examined with the help of technical experts to ascertain the route taken by the terrorists and whether some help was extended to them by any local.
The place where the attack took place is located barely 6 kms from the Line of Control.
The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained, the sources said.
Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.
The inquiry besides ascertaining lapses, if any, would also suggest measures to prevent such attacks in the future as Pakistani-based groups were indulging more in “shallow infiltration”, which means that terrorists strike the first available installation after crossing the Line of Control.
The toll in the attack had yesterday risen to 18 with one more army man succumbing to injuries in Sunday’s attack
India had reacted strongly to the deadliest attack on the Army in Jammu and Kashmir in quarter-century-old insurgency with Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemning it.
-20 September 2016 | PTI | Srinagar

Nations engaged in proxy wars must end them:Obama

Nations engaged in proxy wars must end them: Barack Obama at UNGA

Nations engaged in proxy wars must end them: Barack Obama at UNGA

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked nations engaged in “proxy wars” to end them, warning that if communities are not allowed to co-exist, the “embers of extremism will continue to burn” causing sufferings to countless human beings and export of extremism overseas.

In his eighth and final address to the UN General Assembly as the US President, Obama admitted that the extremist and sectarian violence destabilising the Middle East and spreading elsewhere “will not be quickly reversed.”

“No external power is going to be able to force different religious communities or ethnic communities to co-exist for long,” Obama told the world leaders gathered here for the 71st UN General Assembly session.

“Until basic questions are answered about how communities co-exist, the embers of extremism will continue to burn. Countless human beings will suffer and extremism will continue to be exported overseas,” he warned.

“Across-the-regions conflicts, we have to insist that all parties recognise a common humanity and the nations end proxy wars that fuel disorders,” he said.

India accuses Pakistan of waging a proxy war by supporting, arming and training militant groups like Jaish-e- Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba who launch cross border attacks.

In one of the deadliest attacks on the Indian Army in recent years, 18 soldiers were killed by heavily armed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militants who stormed a battalion headquarters of the force in Kashmir’s Uri town early Sunday.

Obama’s remarks a day after his Secretary of State John Kerry asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to prevent terrorists from using his country’s territory as safe havens.

In his speech, Obama recounted the progress made in the last eight years of his presidency and said “from the depths of the greatest financial crisis of our times we coordinated a response to avoid further catastrophe and return the global economy to growth.”

“We have taken away terrorist safe havens, strengthened the non-proliferation regime, resolved the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomacy. We opened relations with Cuba…And we welcome a democratically elected leader of Myanmar to this Assembly,” he said.

-PTI,September 20, 2016,United Nations

Pakistani terrorist reveals links with Hafiz Saeed

Pakistani terrorist reveals links with Hafiz Saeed, names handler in PoK to NIA

Bahadur Ali, the Pakistani terrorist who was captured alive by security forces after a fierce gunbattle, has made startling revelations before the National Investigating Agency, which has been interrogating him since his arrest in Kashmir.

Pakistani terrorist reveals links with Hafiz Saeed, names handler in PoK to NIA

Bahadur Ali, the Pakistani terrorist who was captured alive by security forces after a fierce gunbattle, has made startling revelations before the National Investigating Agency, which has been interrogating him since his arrest in Kashmir.

According to new agency ANI, Bahadur Ali, alias Saifullah, has told NIA that he ”came to Kashmir to kill innocent civilians.”

The 22-year-old terrorist also confirmed to the NIA that he was trained by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in  guerilla warfare and had met Jamaat-ud-Dawaah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed twice.

Ali said that he was in regular touch with a Control Room established in PoK, where his handler Walid was instructing him.

The shocking revelations were made by him days after the Home Ministry confirmed that he was a Pakistani national from the Lahore city.

MoS (Home) Hansraj Ahir had also confirmed his identity.

Bahadur Ali was captured alive by the security forces while four other LeT terrorists were killed in the gunbattle near Nowgam sector in Kupwara district.

Three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Rs. 23,000 in Indian currency were also recovered from him by the security forces.

This was the second time in two months a Pakistani terrorist has been captured alive in the frontier district. The terrorists had entered in Valley from Teethwal area of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir a day before, sources in the Home Ministry said.

They had moved into the Tangdhar sector and from there to the Leepa Valley. Later, they had holed up in a forest area, where the encounter took place.

-July 29, 2016, Srinagar

 

Terrorist captured alive by security forces in Kashmir

Terrorist captured alive by security forces in Kashmir is a Pakistani from Lahore

ALARMING: Terrorist captured alive by security forces in Kashmir is a Pakistani from Lahore

 

A terrorist captured alive by security forces after a fierce gun-battle in Kashmir on Tuesday, is a Pakistani national, said Home Ministry sources on Wednesday.

A terrorist, who was captured alive by security forces after a fierce gunbattle in Kashmir on Tuesday, is a Pakistani national, said Home Ministry sources on Wednesday.

Bahadur Ali was captured alive by the security forces while four other Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists were killed in the gunbattle near Nowgam sector in Kupwara district.

Bahadur Ali, alias Saifullah, is 22 years old and has been trained by LeT in guerilla warfare.

Three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Rs. 23,000 in Indian currency were also recovered from him by the security forces.

This was the second time in two months a Pakistani terrorist has been captured alive in the frontier district. The terrorists had entered in Valley from Teethwal area of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir a day before, sources in the Home Ministry said.

They had moved into the Tangdhar sector and from there to the Leepa Valley. Later, they had holed up in a forest area, where the encounter took place.

-July 27, 2016, Srinagar

 

Plant ‘moles’ in terror groups like LeT, JeM, IS: Home Ministry’s advise to Cabinet on fighting terrorism

Plant ‘moles’ in terror groups like LeT, JeM, IS: Home Ministry’s advise to Cabinet on fighting terrorism

Plant 'moles' in terror groups like LeT, JeM, IS: Home Ministry's advise to Cabinet on fighting terrorism

 

In a new proposal to fight terror groups like LeT and ISIS based within and outside the country, the Home Ministry has sent a proposal to the Union Cabinet that envisages to plant “moles” in such organisations for collecting crucial data about impending terror ops, a media report said on Friday.

Counter terror organisations such as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) should have the right to plant its officers in terror groups both within and outside the country to collect information about potential attacks on India, NDTV reported citing the home ministry.

At the moment, India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) gathers intelligence abroad on security issues concerning India. To prevent attacks in the country, RAW and other security agencies must focus on alerts about terror ops.

According to the NDTV report, the ministry is keen to give more powers to NIA and it has also shared its suggestions with the union cabinet for approval.

The proposal will move to parliament for discussion if the cabinet give its greenlight, said the report.

Citing a note from the ministry, the report said that the home ministry wants the NIA to probe terror attacks against India in other countries – “like the targeting of consulates and embassies”.

It has also suggested plea bargains (for turning death sentences to life in prison) for convicts who are willing to turn informers and disclose crucial information in terror attacks.

-May 13, 2016, New  Delhi

David Headley drops another bomb on Congress led UPA

David Headley drops another bomb on Congress led UPA

In revelations that put the erstwhile UPA Government further in the dock in the Ishrat Jahan case, incarcerated Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley said on Saturday that he had told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that “a female member of LeT who had died in an encounter in India was Ishrat Jahan”, but he did not know why his statement did not figure in the statement recorded by the NIA in July 2010.

During his cross-examination conducted by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of key 26/11 conspirator Zaibuddin Ansari, alias Abu Jundal, before a special court here, Headley said that Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the chief of LeT operations, had told him about the Ishrat Jahan “operation” and he came to know more details about the operation through the media. Headley said he had “no personal knowledge” of Ishrat Jahan.

Headley’s latest revelation (with a reiteration of Ishrat’s LeT links in the process) about the NIA not recording his statement on her only lends credence to the NDA Government’s assertion that the UPA was out to malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the Gujarat Chief Minister, sources said.

It has once again brought the focus back on former Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is already under the scanner for revising the second affidavit filed by the UPA Government in the Ishrat Jahan case. The Rajnath Singh-headed Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is probing the missing documents relating to the encounter.

“Two letters from the then Home Secretary to the Attorney General in 2009 have gone missing. The then attorney general had vetted two affidavits regarding the case. Those are also not available,” Singh had told the Lok Sabha.

Headley’s revelation cast serious doubts about the manner in which the NIA had conducted itself in the Ishrat Jahan case under the erstwhile UPA regime. Headley said, “My statement was recorded (by the NIA). But not a single line was read out to me”.

Headley said that he did not ask for a copy of his statement from the NIA, which had met in the United States in 2010. Nor did the NIA give him a copy of his statement on its own. Replying a question, Headley replied in the affirmative when he was asked whether he was seeking his recorded statement for the first time.

He admitted that Lakhvi had told him about the Ishrat Jahan operation and he had mentioned this to the NIA when he was questioned by its officials in the US.

He recalled that he had told the NIA that the woman member of LeT who died was Ishrat Jahan but he said he did not know why his remark did not find a mention in his statement recorded by central investigating agency.

Asked specifically as to why the NIA had not recorded his statement vis-a-vis Ishrat Jahan, Headley said: “I don’t know”.

Queried specifically whether Lakhvi had told him that Ishrat Jahan was part of a botched-up operation headed by Muzammil Bhat, Headley said: “Not in these words…when he introduced Muzammil to me, he told me that he is on one of the top LeT operations and he has done operations like Akshardham temple and Ishrat Jahan…the rest were my thoughts…I came to know more about it from media. These were my thoughts as to why the Ishrat Jahan operations resulted in a failure”.

Headley replied in the affirmative when he was asked if he had told NIA that there was a women’s wing in the LeT and it was headed by Abu Aiman’s mother.

When the defence lawyers sought details about the LeT’s women wing, Headley said: “It looks after education, religious education, taking care of widows among other issues”.

Deposing before the anti-terror court of Additional Sessions Judge GA Sanap, Headley admitted that he had surveyed and videographed the entire road from the Indian Army headquarters to Vice-President’s House to the National Defence College in New Delhi.

Headley, the 26/11 conspirator who turned approver in Jundal’s trial in December last year after the Mumbai court pardoned him in the case, also revealed that the Maharashtra Legislature building at Nariman Point in Mumbai, the Tanna House, which is CBI’s Western Region headquarters and the Blue Synagogue in Mumbai were also under his surveillance.

Queried specifically whether in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks i.e., in March 2009 he had surveyed the Vice-President’s House, he said, “I had surveyed the route, not specifically the Vice-President’s House.”

Headley told the court that LeT founder Hafeez Saeed wanted to teach a lesson to Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. Queried if Saeed wanted the Sena chief to be taught a lesson, he said: “Yes…I said I can do it and asked for six months for my work in this regard”.

He said that as part of the exercise, he had  videographed the Shiv Sena Bhavan and Thackerays’ residence “Matoshri” at Bandra in north-west Mumbai and had interacted with the guards engaged in “perimeter security”.

Meanwhile, Judge Sanap rejected the defence lawyer’s plea to defer the cross-examination on the ground that he had to meet the accused Abu Jundal in Mumbai Central Jail to seek instructions for further cross-examination of Headley. The rejection of his plea for postponement of the cross-examination by the court came after Jundal’s lawyer declined to accept the court’s offer to him that he could either meet his client for two hours in prison or communicate with the latter through video-link.

After Headley was discharged from cross-examination, the Judge allowed Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam moved an application for re-examination which was allowed by the court.

During the course of his re-examination, Headley said: “I had visited Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai on the recommendation of Major Iqbal (of Pakistan)”.

Earlier during his cross-examination by Jundal’s lawyer, Headley said it was not correct to say that LeT wanted to assassinate former Pakistan President Pervez Musharaff.

Headley denied having disclosed to NIA that he had hatched a plan to kill Musharaff along with his friends in LeT. He claimed that this had been incorrectly recorded in his statement given to NIA in July 2010.

Responding to  a question from the defence lawyer, Headley said:” It is baseless to say that I am trying to suppress the role of my wife Shazia, brother Daniel and friend Saulat (Rana) in the 26/11 attacks in order to shield them”. He also denied having pleaded guilty in this case in US court to prevent arrest of his family members for their alleged role in the 26/11 attacks, forfeiture of property and imposition of fines.

To another query, Headley said he believed that India, Israel and the US were enemies of Islam. Before his cross-examination ended, Headley told the defence lawyer “Kaha Suna Maaf”.

-27 March 2016 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai

UPA “conspired” to defame ex-Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in Ishrat case: Home Minister

UPA “conspired” to defame ex-Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in Ishrat case: Home Minister

Accusing erstwhile UPA government of hatching a “deep conspiracy” to frame Narendra Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today alleged that the previous regime had done a ‘flip-flop’ on the links of Ishrat Jahan with terror outfit LeT.
Without naming P Chidambaram, he charged the then Home Minister with giving “colour” to terrorism by coining the term ‘saffron terror’.
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Responding to a calling attention motion on “alleged alteration of affidavit relating to Ishrat Jahan case” in the Lok Sabha, the Home Minister said “unfortunately, I have to say this that there was a flip-flop by UPA government in the Ishrat Jahan case.”
Amid protests and slogan shouting by Congress members who had trooped into the Well of the House, Singh charged Chidambaram of coining the term “saffron terror” and “Hindu terror”.
“Colour, creed and religion should not be associated with terrorism. Terror has no colour… The seculars gave colour to terrorism. Selective secularism cannot be accepted by the country,” Singh said.
He said the recent statement made by Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley before a Mumbai court only reaffirmed the first affidavit filed by the UPA government on August 6, 2009 before the Gujarat High Court that Ishrat had links with LeT.
“It (Headley’s statement) was the second clear indication that she was a terrorist,” he said.
The minister said the second affidavit filed by the government before the High Court on September 29, 2009 “weakened” the fact that she was an LeT operative.
He said the effort seemed to be to “defame the then Gujarat Chief Minister (Narendra Modi), state government, some leaders and those associated with the case. There was a deep conspiracy to frame them,” he said.
The Home Minister said a few key documents including two letters written by the then Home Secretary (G K Pillai) to then Attorney General late G E Vahanvati and the copy of the draft affidavit have so far been untracable.
He said the missing documents include the copy of the affidavit vetted by the AG and the draft of the second affidavit vetted by the AG on which changes were made.
“We have ordered an internal enquiry in the Home Ministry in this regard and necessary action will be taken accordingly,” he said.
-10 March 2016 | PTI | New Delhi

LeT wanted another attack after 26/11, I said not in ‘Rahul City’: Headley

LeT wanted another attack after 26/11, I said not in ‘Rahul City’: Headley

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and al-Qaida were convinced that 26/11 attack masterminds Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhavi would face only “superficial” action from the Pakistani authorities and within months plans were afoot for another terror strike in India, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley said on Saturday.

Headley, who is serving a 35-year jail term in the US in connection with the 26/11 case, said this before a special court in Mumbai via video link from the US during his deposition which concluded on Saturday.

The 55-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba operative told Special Judge G A Sanap that after the attacks in Mumbai he was concerned about the safety of Saeed and Lakhvi and hence was in constant touch with LeT operative Sajid Mir, who was his handler, and Al-Qaeda member Abdul Rehman Pasha (former LeT cadre).

“FIA (Federal Investigating Agency of Pakistan) was conducting investigations, interrogating people and pursuing people from LeT. Hence I asked Mir about ‘old uncle’ (Saeed) and ‘young uncle’ (Lakhvi). Mir, in his reply, said that young uncle is fine and flying high. I think by this Mir meant that Lakhvi’s morale was high even though he was in prison at that time,” Headley said.

Mir also said that “old uncle is fit and healthy like anything. Don’t put ears to rumours, he is moving back and forth like a tornado for his business and he (Mir) gave solace,” Headley said.

Responding to one of his mails, Pasha had written, “don’t worry everything here is normal. By this Pasha meant that I need not worry (about Saeed and Lakhvi) as the action against them and other LeT members are superficial,” said Headley.

Giving further details about anti-India activities, Headley said eight months after the Mumbai strike, Mir had sent an e-mail to him saying that another location needs to be scouted in India for future attacks.

“Mir in his mail has said an ‘investment plan’ needs to be made (meaning another location for attack). I told Mir that this time the attack should not be in ‘Rahul (Bhatt’s) City’. I referred to Mumbai as Rahul City,” he said while informing the court that all the emails had coded language.

Headley, who had scouted the November 2008 targets in Mumbai, said he had visited Pushkar, Goa and Pune in March 2009 and recced the cities as sought by Ilyas Kashmiri of al-Qaida.

He also visited the Indian Army’s Southern Command headquarters at Pune in 2009 on the instructions of ISI’s Major Iqbal, who wanted him to recruit some military personnel to get “classified” information, Headley revealed.
After the deposition which began on Monday, the court adjourned the case for cross-examination by accused and key 26/11 plotter Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal’s lawyer for a future date.

PTI | Feb 13, 2016

Pakistan bans media coverage of JuD, LeT

Pakistan bans media coverage of JuD, LeT

Pakistan has banned media coverage of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa as part of a crackdown on terrorism, media reports said today.
Interior Ministry has imposed a ban on the media coverage of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Falah-e-Insaniyat (FIF) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) under the National Action Plan (NAP), ARY News reported. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued the notification in this regard.
It was not clear whether the move was linked to Prime Minister Nawz Sharif’s assurance to US President Barack Obama last month to take “effective action” against UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including LeT and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.
The National Action Plan was devised in January this year in the wake of the Peshawar Army Public School massacre in which over 150 people, mostly school children, were killed.
In the aftermath of the attack, the government and military had decided to carry out operations in the tribal areas and take action against all terrorist organisations and their facilitators across the country.
The United Nations declared Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) a terrorist organisation and also individually designated Saeed as a terrorist in December 2008.
The United States has already put USD 10 million bounty on the head of Saeed. Saeed, who orchestrated the November, 2008, Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed, roams around freely in Pakistan despite being a designated terrorist and has made many anti-India remarks and speeches.
Pakistan has said that there is no case against Saeed and that he is free to move in the country as a Pakistani national.
-03 November 2015 | PTI | Islamabad