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Two LeT militants including commander killed in Pulwama encounter

A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander was among two militants killed in an early morning operation at Pulwama on Saturday. Lashkar’s district commander for Shopian, Waseem Shah, was killed along with an associate Nasir Ahmad Mir at Litter village of Pulwama in a gun fight.

“Both LeT terrorists killed in a clean operation. Well done JKP boys and other SF (security forces),” J-K’s Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid tweeted.

On Saturday early morning a joint team of police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the Litter village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama after inputs about the presence of militants in the village.

A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander was among two militants killed in an early morning operation at Pulwama on Saturday. Lashkar’s district commander for Shopian, Waseem Shah, was killed along with an associate Nasir Ahmad Mir at Litter village of Pulwama in a gun fight.

“Both LeT terrorists killed in a clean operation. Well done JKP boys and other SF (security forces),” J-K’s Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid tweeted.

On Saturday early morning a joint team of police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the Litter village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama after inputs about the presence of militants in the village.

Shah, also known by his alias Usama, was Lashkar’s district commander and one of the top local Lashkar militants operating in South Kashmir. A resident of Shopian, he was on the army most wanted list of 12 militants. Shah had joined militant ranks in March 2017. His associate Nasir had joined militants only this year.

Meanwhile, with security forces upping their ante against terrorists infiltrating in Jammu and Kashmir from across the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan has resorted to a new strategy.

According to intelligence sources, the ISI has formed a new group of terrorists recruiting members of terror outfits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and named it Halal Dasta. This terror group has been formed to carry out attacks like its Border Action Team (BAT).

Intelligence agencies say that the new terror group seems to be a design of the Pakistani establishment to gain some ground along the LoC by inflicting casualties on the Indian border security forces. The activities of Halal Dasta could be easily denied, intelligence agencies say, by Pakistan by referring to them as non-state actors.

The ISI has seemingly identified Surankot and Poonch as areas of prime activities. The ISI recently organised meetings with Syed Salahuddin of Jaish-e-Mohammad and representatives from Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT. The ISI officials held this meeting at Kotli (PoK) where they decided to extend Kashmiri jehadi movement to Sunderkot and Poonch areas besides the Valley.

The ISI is learnt to have directed all terror groups in the Valley to launch attack on security forces including the Road Opening Party, isolated posts and army bridges. The intelligence agencies have notice major terror movements in PoK.

According to intelligence inputs, movement of terrorists was noticed at launching pads in PoK- 615 (in July and August. Presence of terrorists, intelligence inputs suggest, was noticed in PoK at following locations:

Gurez- 52

Machil-89

Keren- 91

Tanghdhar-20

Naugham-45

Uri- 112

Rampur-32

Poonch-78

Bhimber Gali-78

Krishna Ghati-57

Rajouri- 5

Naushera-35

Sunderbani-15

Kel-13

Meanwhile, the Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan Army is active in these regions. The security forces have issued alert with regard to movement of the BAT. Intel agencies issued BAT alert at Naugham, Uri, Tanghdhar, Naugham, Krishna Ghati, Poonch, Bhimber Gali, Naushera and Sunderbani.

 

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