December 26: The Punjab Government
has appointed administrators in 10 selected schools of the banned
outfit JuD (the LeT front organisation) after intelligence agencies
reported that these institutions were promoting extremism. As many
as 26 educational institutions of the JuD are operating in various
parts of the province but the Government has appointed administrators
in only 10 selected schools. Sources revealed that following a ban
imposed on the JuD, intelligence agencies informed the Government
that 10 JuD educational institutions in various parts of Punjab
were promoting extremism. "Special lectures promoting Jihad are
delivered to students, especially at the time of assembly," sources
quoting intelligence reports said. A senior official of the School
Education Department said the move was aimed at resumption of academic
activities at the JuD-run institutions, especially in view of the
upcoming matriculation annual examinations. He said teachers would
not be replaced and they would continue to teach at these institutions.
Abdullah Muntazir, a JuD spokesman, claimed the organisation had
always worked within the law, adding discipline had been the top
priority at their schools.
December 23: Pakistan has ‘satisfactorily
complied’ with UN sanctions on terrorist groups, including the JuD,
a senior United Nations official has said. Richard Barrett, co-ordinator
of the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions
Monitoring Committee, told CNN-IBN television that it was difficult
to implement the sanctions completely, but the UN had found all
Pakistani agencies were co-operative. The committee has the task
of monitoring sanctions imposed by the UNSC on declared terrorists.
"It is very difficult for a state to implement that (sanctions)
completely, but yes in a way the Pakistani government is working
to ensure fruitful compliance," he said.
December 22: The Foreign
Office in Islamabad confirmed that the Pakistan High Commission
in New Delhi has received a letter written by Mohammad Ajmal Amir
alias Ajmal Kasab, the lone LeT militant arrested during the multiple
terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26. Foreign Office spokesman
Muhammad Sadiq told that the External Affairs Ministry of India
had handed over a letter, allegedly written by Ajmal Kasab. Meanwhile,
a statement issued by the Foreign Office said, "This evening
the Indian government has forwarded to the Pakistan High Commission
in New Delhi a letter from one ‘Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Ameer Kasab’,
who claims to be a Pakistani." The statement said he had sought
assistance of a lawyer and a meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner.
"The contents of the letter are being examined," it concluded.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said Pakistan’s
acting High Commissioner Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi was summoned to the
ministry and given the letter purportedly written by Mohammed Ajmal
Amir. "In his letter to the Pakistan High Commission, Iman
has stated he and the (nine) terrorists killed in the attack were
from Pakistan and he has sought a meeting with the Pakistan High
Commission," Prakash added.
December 21: The LeT was operating
in the guise of Jama’at-ud-Da’awa and Pakistan would have been isolated
in the world if the group had not been banned, a private TV channel
reported Federal Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi as
saying. Kazmi also said the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa (JuD) was banned under
pressure from the United Nations.
December 19: Two more
top LeT militants, including a ‘tehsil commander’, were killed by
the Security Forces (SFs) in an encounter at village Kairni in the
Bharat area of Doda District. With this, the death toll in two operations
during the last two days has increased to five, including four LeT
commanders and an Army soldier. A Special Police Officer, Rakesh
Kumar, was wounded in the operation on December 19. Senior Superintendent
of Police (Doda), Prabhat Singh, said SFs, who had launched a search
operation at Kairni on December 18 and shot dead a ‘deputy divisional
commander’ of the LeT, Mohammed Iqbal Malik alias Abu Umair, resumed
the search the next morning. The militants, who had slipped into
Kairni forests, were pursued in the morning and finally engaged
in a gun-battle by the SFs. In the over two hour long encounter,
the two remaining militants, identified as Mohammed Ashraf, a ‘tehsil
commander’, and Nawaz Ahmed Mir alias Abu Murshid were killed. Recoveries
made from the slain militants include three AK-56 rifles, four magazines,
76 rounds, eight grenades, one radio set, two mobile telephones
and some incriminating documents.
December 18: The crackdown on the
JuD charity continues and 55 of its senior leaders have been detained,
a private TV channel reported the Interior Ministry as saying. An
unnamed Interior Ministry spokesman said the names of 22 of those
arrested had been placed on the Exit Control List. He said the detained
men were being interrogated and no clues of their link to the Mumbai
terror attacks had been found so far.
Police in the Doda
District killed two top militant commanders of the LeT, including
Saifullah Qari, a Pakistani, in two gun-battles at Krara and Bharat.
A trooper of Territorial Army was also killed in one of the incidents.
An unidentified LeT
‘commander’ was killed during an encounter with the Police at village
Kairni in the Doda district.
December 17: Rejecting Indian claims
yet again that there is ‘clear evidence’ suggesting the Mumbai terror
attacks originated inside Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari told
BBC there is still no conclusive proof. Zardari told BBC
in Islamabad that Pakistan was prepared to act if adequate evidence
of any Pakistani complicity in the attacks emerged. Zardari stated
claims that the sole surviving attacker had been identified by his
father as coming from Pakistan had also not been proven. The president
also said that LeT chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed would remain under
house arrest. "Let me assure you that if there is any investigation
to be found pointing towards his involvement in any form of terrorism,
he shall be tried for that reason," said Zardari
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, chief of the
banned LeT, cannot be tried without solid proof, Defence Minister
Ahmad Mukhtar said. Mukhtar said Saeed had been detained under the
Maintenance of Public Order regulation, which only allowed detaining
a citizen for 90 days. The detention could be extended, he said,
but India had not given solid proof to Pakistan about the involvement
of Saeed or the LeT in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November
26, 2008. "In the absence of solid proof, neither Hafiz Saeed
nor any other leader detained at the moment can be tried in any
court of law," the channel quoted him as saying.
December 16: The Provincial Police
Officer Balochistan, Asif Nawaz Warraich, has said that no arrest
of any member of the JuD was made. However, there was one office
of JuD in Quetta which was sealed. Speaking to reporters, he said
the JuD had specific activities in Balochistan. Their camps set
up for collecting relief for earthquake hit people had been closed.
He said the federal Government did not provide any list for arrests.
December 15: Authorities in PoK
have released four detained workers of the JuD and have also withdrawn
Police guards from the residence of the group’s regional head. Chaudhry
Imtiaz, Deputy Commissioner of Muzaffarabad, the PoK capital, told
that Police guards had been removed from the residence of Maulana
Abdul Aziz Alvi but he had been asked not to leave the area without
informing the administration. Maulana Alvi, who heads the PoK chapter
of JuD, was put under house arrest in his Karyan village, some 19
kilometres north of Muzaffarabad, on December 11. "He had been placed
under house arrest for security reasons. He is still under surveillance
and cannot leave the station without prior intimation to the authorities
concerned," the Deputy Commissioner (DC) said. Similarly, the DC
said four people taken into custody from a mechanical workshop run
by the JuD in Muzaffarabad had also been released because they were
merely mechanics. In response to a question, he said there were
no instructions from the federal Government to detain the regional
or second-line leadership of the JuD. They were concerned about
the ‘top brass’ and not the regional leadership, he said.
SFs continued the crackdown against
JuD and arrested 12 workers and sealed its assets in different parts
of the NWFP. JuD provincial spokesman Atiq ur Rehman Chohan said
12 workers, including the Mardan District chief Murad Khan, were
arrested. Ehile accusing state agencies of torturing JuD workers,
Chohan also said similar raids were conducted in Abbottabad District
and innocent people had been detained. He said that Police had confiscated
four motor cycles in Abbottabad main office. In Peshawar, he said
Police had sealed Al Dawa Model School in Tehkal area which was
illegal. "Sealing Dawa’s schools, hospitals and ambulance service
will affect only common people and 25,000 workers across the country,"
December 14: British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown blamed the outlawed LeT for the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Addressing a press conference at the President’s House in Islamabad
after talks with President Asif Ali Zardari, he urged Pakistan to
provide British investigators access to people detained during a
crackdown on JuD, including its chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. Brown
had said that British Police wanted to question the suspects because
at least three UK nationals were among the people killed in Mumbai.
There is no evidence that the JuD
is engaged in acts of violence, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
said. "If there is evidence (of terrorist activities) we will
take action," Qureshi said on a trip to Paris for a meeting
of senior envoys from Afghanistan, its neighbours and other world
powers to discuss the war-torn country’s future.
The ISI, Pakistan external intelligence
agency, has no links with the banned LeT, President Asif Ali Zardari
said in a Newsweek interview. Asked if the ISI had shared
intelligence with the LeT on Kashmir, Zardari said it was "something
[that happened] in the old days when dictators used to run the country.
Maybe before 9/11, that may have been a position. [But] since then,
things have changed to a great extent". He said the group had
now been banned in Pakistan, but such groups "keep re-emerging
in different forms". "Whenever there is actionable intelligence,
we move in before anyone else does," he said.
December 12: Police shut down offices
of the JuD and arrested scores of operatives as it continued a crackdown
against the banned group.
Islamabad Police sealed three offices
of the JuD. One was near Masjid Quba in the I-8 Markaz and another
in Street 35 in G-6/4, Chief Commissioner Kamran Lashari said. However,
no arrests were made. Officials said the group had abandoned its
G-6 office before the Police raid. Later in the day, Police sealed
another office located on Korri Road near Shahzad Town, and arrested
six suspected operatives.
In the NWFP, JuD officials in Peshawar
said Police had arrested 150 operatives in a province-wide operation
and sealed 46 offices. But over 181 activists were arrested and
46 offices sealed across the Frontier on December 11. Many workers
have reportedly gone underground. Police closed the Da’awa headquarters
at Peshawar’s Fawara Chowk late on December 11. However, no arrests
were made. The Frontier Police also closed down offices of the banned
Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust in the Saddar, Hashtnagri, Gulbahar
and Yakatoot areas of the city and in the rest of the province.
JuD spokesman Attiq-ur-Rehman Chohan told reporters outside the
sealed office at Fawara Chowk in Peshawar that workers were arrested
from offices in Mardan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Malakand,
Swabi and other Districts of NWFP. He claimed the crackdown would
deprive over 400,000 people displaced by the military operation
in Bajuar Agency of food, medicines and other items.
Police raided an office, two schools
and a religious seminary run by the JuD in Muzaffarabad, capital
of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), and placed its leader Abdul
Aziz Alvi under house arrest.
In Rawalpindi, security agencies
sealed five offices in Satellite Town, Kashmari Bazaar, Benazir
Bhutto Road, Pindora and Tench Bhatta. Police sources said no arrests
were made from these locations.
In Lahore, divisional superintendents
of Police took surety bonds from the JuD operatives. Multan Police
sealed a Jama’at-ud-Da’awa office at Rasheedabad Chowk, and a school
and a dispensary on Tareen Road in a midnight operation. Police
also sealed the group’s offices in south Punjab cities of Bahawalpur,
Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Arifwala, Bahawalnagar, Khanewal, and
arrested one operative each from Arifwala and Rajanpur.
In the Sindh province, officials
said they had arrested 11 JuD operatives and sealed six offices
and six seminaries, but the group’s officials claimed 100 operatives
had been detained 35 offices sealed. "Seven of the men and
two of the seminaries belonged to Karachi," said Sindh Special
Secretary Collin Kamran Dost
In Balochistan, Police sealed a
JuD office and a library on New Zarghoon Road in capital Quetta.
However, no arrests were made.
The Interior Ministry had issued
detention orders for JuD chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and other leaders
like Ameer Hamza, Yahya Mujahid and Abu Umer Qazi. Saeed has been
put under house arrest. The name of a second detained leader could
not be confirmed. Police continued to search for the other two.
Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed
Mukhtar said Pakistan had launched a crackdown on the JuD to avoid
being declared a ‘terrorist state’ by the United Nations. "Had
the action not been taken, the UN would have declared Pakistan as
a ‘terrorist state’ and imposed economic sanctions… We were left
with no option but to take action against JuD," he told reporters
at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi.
The Jud said it would mount a legal
challenge to the decision to close it down after the United Nations
listed it as a terrorist organisation. Mohammad Talha Saeed, son
of the LeT chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, condemned the ban, while
claiming that the Jud was engaged in relief work. "Dawa was
doing welfare work across Pakistan, but the relief work has been
stopped," he told a congregation during Friday prayers at a
mosque run by the organisation in Lahore. According to him, "There
is no moral or legal justification for this action." Later
he told that the group would "go to competent courts for our
rights" and would resort to the International Court of Justice
December 11: The Jama’at-ud-Da’awa
(front outfit for LeT) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was placed under
house arrest for three months as the countrywide crackdown on the
Police sealed Qudsia Mosque, the
headquarters of Jama’at-ud-Da’awa in Chauburji Chowk, and 18 other
offices throughout Punjab province. Five offices were sealed in
Sialkot. 25 members of the organisation, including Ameer Hamza,
Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Maulana Naseer Hamza, Saifullah Mansoor,
Da’awa’s director of public relations, Col (retd) Nazir Ahmed, and
Rajanpur District president Talib Rehman, were detained. A large
number of publications of the organisation were reportedly seized.
Hafiz Saeed was detained at his Johar Town residence under the Maintenance
of Public Order Ordinance. "Police have encircled the house of Hafiz
Saeed and told him he cannot leave his home. They have told him
that the detention order will be formally issued shortly," his spokesman
Abdullah Montazir said. A Police official said detention orders
had also been issued by the Punjab home department and raids were
being conducted to arrest Yahya Mujahid, Abu Umer a number of other
prominent members. Sources said that an office of the organisation
on Chamberlain Road, in Gawalmandi, had been sealed a few days ago.
Six members of the organisation were arrested from its main relief
camp on the Karakoram Highway, near Ghazikot Township, on December
10. In Rawalpindi, Police sealed the group’s local office on Circular
In Peshawar, the NWFP capital, Police
sealed the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa office in Fowara Chowk. However, Attiqur
Rehman Chohan, the provincial spokesman for the Da’awa, told from
an unspecified location that the organisation had decided to close
its offices in Peshawar and other cities and suspend its activities
for the time being. He said the group’s leaders were in touch with
the provincial Government and major political parties and the issue
would be raised in the national and provincial assemblies. The SFs
also raided an office of the Da’awa in Parhana area of Mansehra
District and arrested five of its activists. SFs had sealed the
relief camp-cum-office a day before Eidul Azha.
The group’s office in Quetta, capital
of Balochistan, was also sealed.
In Karachi, Police sealed the central
office of the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa in Gulshan-i-Iqbal. City Police
chief Waseem Ahmed said the office was sealed on a directive of
the federal Government and efforts were being made to track down
A spokesman for the State Bank said
the central bank had frozen bank accounts of the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa,
its leaders and sister organisations — Al-Rashid Trust and Al-Akhtar
"Instructions have been issued to
seal Jama’at-ud-Da’awa offices in all the four provinces as well
as Azad Kashmir," said Interior Ministry spokesman Shahidullah Baig.
December 10: LeT chief Hafiz Mohammed
Saeed and arrested ‘operations commander’ Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
were among those who met the ten terrorists involved in the multiple
terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26, a senior Mumbai Police
officer said. "Hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Abu Hamza and
Kahfa are the four who played a prominent role in hatching conspiracy,
training the terrorists and uting the plan," Joint Commissioner
of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said. Arrested terrorist Mohammed
Ajmal Amir Iman has said that Saeed allegedly gave motivational
speeches to the group of ten terrorists while they were training
in Muridke in Pakistan, Maria said. Lakhvi, presently placed under
arrest by Pakistani authorities, allegedly hatched the conspiracy
of carrying out the attacks in Mumbai. "Lakhvi was also present
to bid farewell to ten terrorists who left on November 22 from Karachi,"
Maria added. Hamza and Kahfa allegedly were with the group of ten
terrorists throughout their entire training which lasted about a
year and a half in four locations in Pakistan, Maria stated.
A UN Security Council panel declared
that Jama’at-ud-Da’awa, a Pakistan-based charity, is a front group
for LeT, the terrorist group accused of orchestrating last month''s
attacks that killed 195 persons in Mumbai. AP reported that the
panel said Jama’at-ud-Da’awa is a front for the LeT and now subject
to UN sanctions on terrorist organizations. The panel also designated
four men linked to the Mumbai attacks as terrorists subject to sanctions.
Designated as terrorists subject to UN sanctions were LeT chief
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, ‘operations commander’ Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi,
Haji Muhammad Ashraf, its chief of finance and Mahmoud Mohammad
Ahmed Bahaziq, a financier with the group. The Security Council''s
al Qaeda and Taliban sanctions committee added them to its list
of terrorists subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms
embargo under a council resolution adopted this year. The U.S. Treasury
Department last week designated the men as terrorists and ordered
any U.S. assets frozen.
Saeed denied links with the LeT.
"No LeT man is in Jama’at-ud-Da’awa and I have never been a chief
of LeT," he said.
The UN sanctions panel also described
a number of trusts and foundations as aliases for the al-Rashid
and al-Akhtar trusts, which have raised funds for Lashkar. According
to the panel, the al-Rashid Trust can be equated with the al-Amin
Welfare Trust, al-Amin Trust, al-Ameen Trust and al-Madina Trust.
The al-Akhtar Trust aliases, the panel said, are Pakistan Relief
Foundation, Azmat-e-Pakistan Trust and Azmat Pakistan Trust.
December 9: The SFs crackdown on
the LeT, which has been linked to the Mumbai terrorist attacks,
will not cripple the banned organisation, a co-ordinator of the
militant group has said. "We’re still well-organised and active,"
an unnamed LeT coordinator told. Speaking in a safe house near Lahore
the paper said the militant put the organisation’s strength in the
"thousands" in Pakistan. He said the group has "huge strength" and
is concentrated in Pakistan’s tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan.
It should not be surprising that Mohammad Ajmal Amir ‘Kasab,’ the
LeT terrorist captured in India, is not a recognisable name because
those who join his group are given other names, the coordinator
said. "All those who join these organisations are given Arabic names,"
he said. "Sometimes to make them less conspicuous they’re given
non-Arabic but purely Muslim names," as also in the fact that names
are changed every six to eight months for the fighters. He denied
that the group had to purchase recruits.
Pakistan’s permanent representative
to the UN, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, said the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa could
be banned on the request of the UN Security Council. Talking to
the media in United Nations, Hussain Haroon said that India has
approached the Security Council to get the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa outlawed
while he showed Pakistan’s readiness to ban the suspected outfit
if United Nations requests to Pakistan, adding that its bank accounts
could also be frozen.
Pakistan has detained the LeT ‘operations
commander’, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, and the JeM chief, Maulana Masood
Azhar, Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar confirmed. "Lakhvi was picked
up on December 8. Azhar has also been picked up," Mukhtar told.
December 8: SFs arrested an alleged
mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attacks during a raid on a militant
camp, two officials said. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was among at least
15 people detained on December 7 after the raid on the camp run
by the banned LeT in PoK, the officials said. "Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
is under arrest. He was an operational commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba,"
a senior security official told. Troops backed by a helicopter overran
the camp close to Muzaffarabad, the PoK capital, briefly exchanging
fire with militants there, a senior intelligence official said.
He said more than 12 detainees were being questioned over any possible
links to the multiple terrorist in Mumbai.
The SFs raided the offices of Jama’at-ud-Da’awa
(the LeT front outfit) in Mansehra and Chakdara. The NWFP unit chief
of Jama’at-ud-Da’awa, Attique Chohan, told that their charity centre
called "Markaz-e-Hafsa" was raided in Mansehra by the SFs. He said
some arrests of their personnel were also made and the centre and
its record seized by the SFs. Another small office of the group
in Chakdara in Lower Dir was also taken over by the SFs. However,
he said their office in Peshawar was open. Attique Chohan said,
"We are peaceful people and not involved in any act of terrorism.
We are also against attacks like the one made in Mumbai."
SFs are reported to have intercepted
a car just outside Rawalpindi and arrested a suspected LeT militant.
The army confirmed that it has begun
an operation targeting banned organisations in the wake of the attacks
in Mumbai last month, but did not name any organisation. "There
have been arrests and investigations are ongoing," a statement said,
adding further details would be released once preliminary investigations
had been completed.
LeT chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed condemned
a raid on the outfit’s camp. "The operation against Jihadi organisations
in Azad Kashmir is unwarranted and we strongly condemn it… The government
has shown signs of weakness by targeting Kashmiri organisations,"
said Saeed. "India wants to crush the independence movement of Kashmir
using the Mumbai attacks as a pretext," he added.
December 7: Security forces have
reportedly launched a ‘quiet’ crackdown on activists belonging to
the banned LeT, also known as Jama’at-ud-Da’awa in different parts
of the country and PoK. In Muzaffarabad, capital of the PoK, a major
army operation was under way in the city suburbs against a site
being used by the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa, which is headed by Hafiz Mohammad
Saeed. Sources said that more than 20 members of the banned organisation,
including ‘commander’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi, had been arrested.
There are reports that similar action
is planned in some cities and towns of Punjab province. However,
reports of the crackdown could not be confirmed from the interior
ministry or the Inter-Services Public Relations. Local residents
in Muzaffarabad, however, said they had seen army personnel taking
control of the area along Shawai Nullah, some five kilometers northwest
of Muzaffarabad, where the organisation possesses a large plot of
land on which several buildings had been built. There were unconfirmed
reports of an exchange of fire. In Chehla Bandi, soldiers are reported
to be checking vehicles bound for the Neelum Valley. However, a
Jama’at-ud-Da’awa office-bearer denied that a crackdown had been
launched on his organisation in other areas.
December 5: The LeT chief, Hafiz
Muhammad Saeed, has advised India to refrain from hurling baseless
accusations at Pakistan and focus its attention on solving its internal
problems and providing justice to minorities. Muslim states have
always given equal rights and protection to minorities, yet Muslims
living in secular states have been deprived of their basic human
rights and justice, he said during Friday sermon at the Jamia Qadsia
mosque in Lahore. Saeed said India was indulging in politics of
accusations and blaming Pakistan in order to hide its internal problems.
He said India was trying unsuccessfully to counter several freedom
and separatist movements in a number of Indian states as reaction
to the excesses of Hindu Brahmins, especially the denial of peaceful
co-existence to Muslims.
December 4: Jama’at-ud-Da’awa officials
denied any links with the banned terrorist group LeT at a press
briefing at their centre in Muridke, 30km from Lahore. Abdullah
Muntazir, deputy spokesman for the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa, said at the
75-acre complex that they wanted to refute ‘propaganda’ against
them and clear their names in front of the national and international
press. Yahya Mujahid, a spokesman of the group, said that although
the group offered its philosophical support to militants in Kashmir,
they condemned the Mumbai attacks. He added that neither the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa
nor the LeT were involved in the attacks. On the status of the group’s
leader, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, Muntazir stated that the government
of Pakistan was "not yet so weak that it would hand over its own
citizens to India."
Interior Adviser Rehman Malik denied
India had provided Pakistan a list of 20 wanted suspects, saying
it had asked for three suspects who do not include Hafiz Muhammad
Saeed, the chief of the LeT. "They gave us three names, two of them
are Indian nationals – Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon – and the
third is Masood Azhar, the JeM chief," Malik told in Islamabad.
He said the two Indian nationals were not on Pakistani soil, and
India should provide evidence against Azhar so that the "law can
take its own course". To a question regarding the alleged role of
LeT in terrorism in India, Malik said the organisation and its activities
had already been banned in Pakistan.
December 3: India has blamed the
Pakistan-based LeT for the Mumbai attacks. Besides seeking "strong
action" against "elements from Pakistan" linked to
the attacks, New Delhi has asked Islamabad to hand over 20 most
wanted criminals and terrorists, including LeT chief Hafiz Hafiz
Mohammed Saeed, which was rejected by Pakistan.
Suspects wanted by India in the
terrorist attacks on Mumbai will be tried in Pakistan if there is
concrete evidence against them, President Asif Ali Zardari said.
He told a television channel in an interview from Islamabad that
if proof of wrongdoing surfaced, the men would be tried in Pakistani
courts and sentenced. The state of Pakistan is in no way responsible
for the Mumbai attacks, he said, which were the work of ‘stateless’,
meaning non-state, actors. LeT, he said in answer to a question,
is a banned organisation in Pakistan and all around the world. "If
indeed they are involved, we would not know. Again, they are people
who operate outside the system," he claimed.
December 2: The Jama’at-ud-Da’awa
(also known as Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT]) has reportedly expressed apprehension
about an Indian missile strike on its complex. "Will India attack
our centre?... Are they serious" said Abu Hassaan, chief administrator
at Jama’at-ud-Da’awa headquarters, known as the Markaz-e-Tayyaba.
LeT chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has said that it will be unfortunate
if India attacked his organisation’s headquarters in Muridke, as
has been indicated in media reports, because the complex housed
only educational institutions. In an interview with a TV channel,
he denied that the centre contained any training facility for terrorists
or jihadis and said that instead of blaming Pakistan India
should focus on investigation of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Aides of the LeT chief denied that
their leader has any links to terrorists and termed Indian demands
for his extradition as ‘ridiculous’. "Hafiz Saeed has never been
convicted of any crime anywhere the world," Jama’at-ud-Da’awa spokesman
Yahya Mujahid said. Rashid Minhas, the principal of one of Jama’at-ud-Da’awa’s
schools, denounced the Mumbai attacks as un-Islamic since civilians
were killed. He said, "We teach jihad because it’s part of Islam
and we can’t remove it from holy Quran ... but we don’t give jihadi
The US Director of National Intelligence,
Mike McConnell, on December 2 blamed the LeT for the multiple terrorist
attacks in Mumbai. "The same group that we believe is responsible
for Mumbai had a similar attack in 2006 attack on a train and killed
a similar number of people," said McConnell, speaking at Harvard
November 28: SFs killed seven militants
of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in two separate gun-battles in the
Bandipora and Awantipore areas.
Official sources said that troops
of Rashtriya Rifles and Bandipora Police launched a cordon-and-search
operation immediately after receiving specific information regarding
the presence of a heavily armed group of Pakistani militants at
Gujjar Patti Shogbaba Sahib. During the search operation, an encounter
occurred between the holed up militants and SFs that lasted for
15 hours. Sources said that five militants were killed when troops
destroyed their hideouts in two residential houses of Lateef Khan
and Bashir Khan besides two cowsheds. According to Police, all the
five were Pakistani cadres of the LeT. They added that five AK-47
rifles, 13 magazines, cellular phones and a GPS set were recovered
from the possession of slain militants.
In another incident, troops of the
Rashtriya Rifles and Awantipore Police targeted a militant hideout
at Punzgam in the Pulwama district and shot dead two LeT militants
who were hiding at a house in the neighbourhood. Officials identified
one of the duo as Rayees Ahmed Wagay of Punzgam and said his associate
was a Pakistani national.
November 27: The LeT denied any
involvement in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in India. The LeT
"strongly condemns the series of attacks in Mumbai. The Lashkar
has no association with any Indian militant group," said Abdullah
Gaznavai, chief spokesman of the group.
November 24: SFs killed a newly
recruited LeT militant, identified as Riaz Ahmed Sheikh, in the
Kutdhar area of Doda district. One 7.62 mm Chinese pistol with three
pistol rounds, one hand grenade, one mobile phone and six AK rounds
were recovered from his possession. Mohammad Sikander the owner
of the house in which the slain militant was hiding has been arrested
November 20: A woman militant from
PoK was among a group of four militants trapped at Chajla village
in the Mendhar tehsil (revenue division) of Poonch district in an
encounter with the SFs. Official sources said the group of four
LeT militants, including a woman, has been engaged in a gun-battle
with troops at Chajla since the morning. One of the militants, identified
as Abdullah, was reportedly wounded in the encounter but he was
carried away by his colleagues. The group was reported to have infiltrated
from Behri Rakh in Mendhar sector about four days back. In initial
round of firing with the militants, an Army soldier, Van Lal Huma,
The grenade attack on a Police Station in Sopore was claimed by
the LeT. The Station House Officer, Inspector Shafeeq Ahmed, sustained
injuries in the grenade attack.
November 8: Army and Jammu and Kashmir
Police, in two separate counter-insurgency operations, shot dead
eight top militants of the HM and LeT outfits — four each in the
Doda and Poonch districts. The Senior Superintendent of Police of
Doda district, Prabhat Singh, said that four hardcore HM militants,
including a ‘district commander’, were killed during an encounter
at Baleni Nullah in the Dessa area of Doda district.
Troops foiled an infiltration attempt
by a group of six militants killing four of them in an encounter
on the LoC at Sabjian in the Poonch district. While two other militants
managed escape, trooper M.K. Thappa was injured during the encounter
with the militants. The militants were believed to be LeT cadres.
Two AK rifles and a large quantity of ammunition and explosives
were recovered from the slain militants.
October 26: The identity of two
more Kerala based militants of the LeT, who were killed in encounters
in Jammu and Kashmir on October 6, has been established while another
associate is suspected to have fled back to Kerala.. According to
top police sources in Kerala, the two militants, identified as Abdul
Faiz from Kannur and Muhammad Yasir alias Verghese Joseph of Kochi,
who converted to Islam about a year back, were among four who were
killed in the SF operations. Earlier, the police had identified
the other two militants slain in Lolab valley as Mohammad Fayaz
from Kannur and Abdul Rahim from Malappuram. "Only one among the
five Kerala youth who had joined Pakistan-based LeT outfit survived
the encounters in Lolab valley and had apparently fled back," Senior
Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, Uttam Chand said.
There was an intelligence report
suggesting that Lashkar commander Abdullah had been on a recruitment
spree under instructions from Pakistan's ISI and Kerala's Malappuram
district was chosen as one of the targets in South India. The documents
recovered from the killed militants, include a diagram and method
to assemble IEDs in Malayalam. Central agencies had been monitoring
certain leads which said a group of people hailing from Kerala along
with LeT's support were trying to enter PoK through North Kashmir.
LeT has been trying to make inroads into the country's hinterland
and had sought recruits from various parts of the country.
October 25: Two persons, Mohd Shafi
Seer and Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, who were asked by militant groups
to carry out grenade attack during polls, were arrested by the SFs
from Handwara area of Kupwara district. One hand grenade each was
recovered from them. While Seer was operating for Al Badr, Bhat
was carrying out the assignment for LeT outfit. They were asked
to lob hand grenades at public places to thwart people’s participation
in upcoming elections.
October 24: A suspected LeT militant,
identified as Siraj Din, was arrested by SFs near Trikuta Complex
General Bus Stand area of Jammu district. Six rounds of AK ammunition
and a letter head of LeT were recovered from him.
October 22: Two LeT militants were
killed by security forces during a joint search operation at Watlar
in the Ganderbal district. The killed militants were identified
as Mohd Latief Chopan of Najma and Farooq Ahmed Sheikhi of Akhal.
October 21: Meanwhile, a huge quantity
of arms and ammunition including, 52 cartridges 7.62-MM, 4.5 Cordex
Wire, one Satellite Phone, one Mobile Charger, four SIMs, one Stamp
Pad with rubber Stamp of the LeT ‘District Commander’, one Magazine
Pouch, one Blanket, one Pistol magazine, six Mobiles were recovered
by the police at Sangoit in the Poonch district
October 19: A top woman militant
of the LeT, Halima Begum of Anantnag and her brother, Mohd Ashraf,
were arrested along with a pistol, AK rounds and explosive devices
by Police at Kud in the Udhampur district. Both have a record of
deep involvement in militancy, and had a plan to assist a top Pakistani
Army neutralized two LeT hideouts
and arrested one militant at Sinkan in the Mendhar tehsil (revenue
division) in Poonch district. Two pistols, two UBGLs, three magazines,
250 rounds of AK rifle and one ikom wireless set were recovered
from the incident site.
October 18: Army and police arrested
an over ground worker of the LeT, identified as Mohd Farid, from
Kalakot tehsil (revenue division) in the Rajouri district
October 15: The Army recovered one
Thoraya satellite telephone, three Korean mobile handsets, one rubber
stamp bearing name of Zaffa Shah Mujahideen, ‘area commander’ of
the LeT, one Chinese grenade, one pouch, one radio set, two AK magazines
and 38 rounds, from Sangiot at Kalaban under Mendhar tehsil (revenue
division) in the Poonch district, where two LeT militants and a
soldier were reportedly killed during an encounter on October 14.
October 14: Two hardcore militants
of the LeT and an Army soldier were killed in a fierce gun battle
at Sangiot village in the Kalaban area of Mendhar tehsil (revenue
division) in Poonch district. The encounter started when the Army
and the police intercepted a group of militants about a couple of
kilometres from the LoC while trying to infiltrate. One of the two
militants has been identified as Zaffa Shah, a top LeT commander
hailing from PoK. The identity of his associate has not been ascertained
so far but he too was believed to be a LeT activist. At least two
to the three more militants were still hiding. Recoveries made from
the encounter site so far include two AK rifles and two magazines.
October 11: Three LeT militants
were killed and a police constable, Nazir Ahmad, was wounded during
an encounter at Badli Beri near Sogam in the Kupwara district. The
slain militants were Pakistani nationals, identified as Abu Hafiz,
Hafiz and Saqib. Three AK rifles, six magazines, 232 rounds and
a UBGL were recovered from their possession.
Another LeT militant was killed
in the ongoing operation at Khellan Litter in the Pulwama district
raising the toll in the gunbattle, which started on October 10,
October 10: An LeT ‘commander’,
identified as Moeen, was shot dead in an encounter with SFs at Khellen
Litter in the Pulwama district.
October 9: Nearly 125 youths including
a number of students have disappeared from a number of villages
in remote and upper reaches of Doda district and were reported to
have joined militancy during past three to four months. The LeT
chief for Doda, Abu Kasha, and his deputy, Iqbal Malik, were reported
to have played a major role in fresh recruitment of youths including
students of 11th and 12th classes across the
October 6: An LeT militant, Mir
Mohammed, surrendered before police at Shahdara Sharief in the Rajouri
district on October 6. He deposited two pistols, two grenades, three
magazines and 21 rounds .
October 4: A top militant commander
of the LeT, identified as Ibrar Ahmed alias Abu Ubaid, was shot
dead by security force personnel during an encounter at Dodimal
in Targain area of Budhal in the Rajouri district.
October 2: Two LeT militants were
killed during in an encounter with Police and Army in dense apple
orchards near Drawni at Nagbal in Zainapora locality of Shopian
district. They were identified as Abdullah and Rayees Ahmed. Abdullah
was a Pakistani national. Two AK-56 rifles were recovered from the
possession of the slain militants.
September 28: The security forces
neutralised a hide out in the Mendhar area of Poonch district. While
three LeT militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness,
two blankets, socks and dresses were recovered from the incident
site. "Based on tip off, a joint operation was launched by the troops
of 7 Kumaon Regiment, 39 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations
Group in Behri Rakh area near village Chajjla of Mendhar tehsil
at around 6.30 am", official sources said.
September 26 and 27: In north Kashmir,
Special Operations Group (SOG) of Handwara District Police and Army
personnel killed a LeT militant identified as Abu Khubaib of Pakistan
in Hafruda forest area. Officials claimed that Abu Khubaib was LeT's
'Launching Commander' in north Kashmir who had been operating in
Ramhal and Rajwar forest areas for the last few years. One AK 47
rifle, three magazines and 38 rounds besides one blanket and a diary
were recovered from the slain militant.
September 22: Two Pakistani 'commanders'
of the LeT were shot dead by a joint force of the Jammu and Kashmir
Police, Army and CRPF during an encounter in the Sumbal area of
Baramula district.The slain militants were identified as 'divisional
commander' Tahir Pathan alias Abu Tahir and 'district commander'
Abdullah alias Abu Maaz. Two AK-47 rifles and a satellite phone
were recovered from the encounter site.
Two militants and an Army personnel were killed
at Kalsan in the Poonch sector. Troops opened fire when two intruders,
who had taken shelter in a forest area tried to escape taking cover
of firing by Pakistan army. While both the intruders were gunned
down, in the exchange of firing, an Army jawan Naik Tape Azo was
also killed. With this killing, a total of four infiltrators and
two Army personnel have been killed during two days exchange of
firing. As reported, Pakistan army had pushed a group of 8-10 infiltrators,
all believed to be foreign mercenaries of LeT, from their Kabarstan
post opposite Kalsan forward post of Indian Army. Two AK-47 rifles,
two AK-56 rifles, 200 rounds, 16 grenades and food packets were
recovered from the encounter site but bodies of slain militants
couldn’t be recovered due to continued firing from across the LoC.
September 21:Two top LeT militants,
including a ‘district commander’ of the outfit, Abu Sanwariya, a
suspected Pakistani national , were killed during an encounter by
a joint force of police, Army and Border Security Force at Dalwa
in Gool of Ramban district.
At least two militants and a trooper
were killed during a gun battle along the LoC in the Poonch district.
A group of at least 8 to 10 militants were spotted in forward
Indian post of Kalsan, opposite Kabarstan post of Pakistan army.
As they started heading towards Indian side, troops started taking
positions, Pakistan army opened firing on Indian positions in a
bid to give covering fire to the infiltrators, believed to be the
cadres of the LeT outfit. Simultaneously, the militants also started
heavy firing on the Army personnel.
September 19: Police arrested three
LeT militants, Sajjad Ahmed, Rafiq Ahmed and Raj Mohd, from Upper
Chakka in Bhaderwah area of Doda district. They had recently snatched
two mobile telephones from the personnel of the Forest Protection
Force (FPF). They were reported to have given the mobile phones
to LeT ‘district commander’ Ashraf Hussain. The report added Ashraf
along with his at least two body-guards was also camping at Chakka
in Bhaderwah for last 7 days. Despite massive searches for him launched
by security forces and police, he reportedly managed to escape.
September 17: An Over Ground Worker
of the LeT managed to escape from police custody in Manjakot area
of Rajouri district.
September 16: A number of LeT militants,
arrested in different parts of the State during last couple of years
especially the Pakistanis and Pakistan trained local cadres, had
confessed during their questioning in the past few months that top
LeT brass, based in Pakistan, Middle East, PoK and Kashmir were
having close links with SIMI and even training their cadre in triggering
Over 12 civilians were injured and
another abducted by the LeT militants at village Bharat in the Doda
September 15: Two Army
personnel and two SPOs were killed and one police man was wounded
by three suspected LeT militants during an encounter at Tararan
Wali dhok in the Surankot area of Poonch district. The militants,
including two foreign mercenaries, however, managed to escape. The
slain security force personnel were identified as Jaswant Singh,
Chaman Vishnu Hari, Maqsood Hussain Shah and Mohammed Mahroof. Police
subsequently recovered two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and
one magazine of AK rifle from the incident site.
September 6: Security
forces killed a top wanted ‘divisional commander’ of the Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT), identified as Qari Usman, in an encounter in the Sopore area
of Baramulla district on. Two of his associates, however, managed
to escape from the incident site.
September 3: Police
arrested two locally trained militants belonging to Al-Badr and
LeT from the Wader and Mawar areas of Handwara.
August 27: August 27: Eleven persons,
including three Army soldiers, five civilians and three militants,
were killed while six others, including three soldiers, two civilians
and a woman, were injured in Jammu as three fidayeen (suicide squad)
militants, who had infiltrated in the early hours of August 27-morning
from Kanachak sector, managed to hijack a truck at Gadla, and traveled
more than 15 kilometers before taking shelter in a house at Chinore
on the old Jammu-Akhnoor road taking nine persons hostage. The operation
which started at about 7 AM concluded after approximately 18 hours.
Two soldiers and three civilians were killed before the militants
took shelter in the house of one Billoo Ram Bhagat at Chinore at
about 6.45 am while two civilians, a Territorial Army soldier and
three militants were killed and a woman was wounded in the gun-battle
inside the house which concluded in the mid-night. 10 civilians
were held hostage by the militants soon after they intruded into
the house of Billoo Ram. Official sources confirmed that all three
militants appeared to be members of suicide squad of the Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT) outfit and were believed to be Pakistanis though their identity
hasn’t been established immediately. They were part of the same
group which had infiltrated into Indian Territory from Kanachak
sector on the intervening night of August 25 and 26.
August 23: A LeT militant, identified
as Aijaz Ahmed Wagay, was killed in an encounter with the security
forces at Btnar-Lolab in the Kupwara district. An AK assault rifle,
three AK magazines, 122 rounds of AK ammunition, two hand grenades
and a mobile phone were recovered from his possession.
August 22: Troops arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba
militant in Doda district.
August 19: An over ground worker
of the LeT was arrested in the Ramban district and two grenades
were recovered from his possession.
August 14: SFs arrested two LeT
militants along with two grenades in the Poonch town. They have
been identified as Farooq Ahmed Naik and Mohammed Ishaq. Senior
Superintendent of Police (Doda) Raghubir Singh said the militants
had been tasked by LeT commanders Mudassar and Iqbal to lob grenades
in Doda town.
August 13: A top LeT militant, ‘commander’
Abdul Rashid alias Abdullah, surrendered before the security forces
in the Bhaderwah area of Doda district and handed over one Pika
gun with one ammunition box. Abdullah was reportedly an ‘A’ category
militant and was active since 2002.
August 12: A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant,
Rasheed Ahmed, surrendered before the security forces in Doda district.
August 11: A top Lashkar-e-Taiba
‘commander’ surrendered before the security forces in the Bhaderwah
area of Doda district. He has been identified as Rashid Ahmed, an
‘A’ category militant and ‘tehsil commander’ of the outfit.
August 8: SFs arrested a LeT militant,
identified as Mehboob Ahmed alias Manga, along with two grenades
from Bhaderwah in the Doda district. Preliminary questioning of
the suspect revealed that he was tasked by LeT commanders to target
the SFs and crowded places in the Bhaderwah area. He was allegedly
earlier involved in grenade throwing in the Seri Bazaar on June
August 5: Police foiled an attempt
to target a temple in the Doda town and arrested a LeT militant,
identified as Ahmed Itoo. Senior Superintendent of Police, Raghubir
Singh, said that on the receipt of specific information that a militant
was trying to lob grenade on a temple, police were deployed in the
temple premises and subsequently as soon as the militant entered
the temple premises he was arrested. A Chinese grenade was recovered
from his possession.
Security forces arrested a LeT militant,
identified as Nazir Ahmed, who was allegedly involved in a grenade
attack at the Banihal bus stand in Doda on July 17 in which 42 persons
July 27: SFs killed two militants
- Abdullah, 'Battalion Commander' of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Abu
Baker of Jaish-e-Mohammed - in an encounter at village Gujarpati
Surigam in the Kupwara district. Abdullah was reportedly involved
in killing of two policemen in the Sogam area of Kupwara district
in May 2008.
July 22: A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant
of Kupwara district was arrested by the Army as soon as he infiltrated
into Indian territory from the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.
Shamas Din is reported to have gone across the LoC for training
on August 2, 2006 and was returning without weapons when he was
July 21: Both the Pakistani militants
of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who had attacked the Amarnath Yatra
convoy and its paramilitary protection on July 20-evening, were
killed by the SFs on July 21. The slain militants were identified
as Syed Abid Ahmed alias Akash a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan
and Sageer Ahmed Shah, a resident of Abbotabad in Pakistan.
July 20: An Army Major and a policeman
were killed and three SF personnel were injured in an encounter
with the militants at Jarh Wali in the Rajouri district. The SFs
had launched an operation after receiving information from three
militants arrested at the Jammu Railway Station a day earlier that
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Azasa Shah alias Hujefa along
with his three body-guards was hiding in the house of Mohammed Sharif
at Jarh Wali. In the ensuing encounter, while Major Bhanu Partap
and policeman Anjeev Rana were killed and three soldiers wounded,
Azasa Shah and his associates managed to escape.
SFs killed two militants in an encounter
that ensued after a cordon-and-search operation at Chali Wan in
the Bandipora district. The slain militants were later identified
as ‘launching commander’ Abu Zaid alias Abu Zarr alias Abu Zubair,
a foreign militant of the LeT in Bandipora, and Gowhar Ahmad alias
Akash, a local militant of the Al Badr outfit.
July 9: LeT militants - Mohammad
Amin Beg and his Pakistani associate Abu Qari - were killed in an
encounter with the troops at Sumriyal forest in the Kupwara district.
A LeT militant, identified as Abu
Farhat of Pakistan, was killed in an encounter with the security
forces at Shog Baba in the Bandipora area of Kupwara district. However,
two of his associates managed to escape from the incident site.
July 8: Two LeT militants were killed
in an encounter with the SFs at Shumriyal village in the Kupwara
district. However, three others managed to escape from the incident
July 5: The SFs killed a hardcore
militant of the LeT at Panjan Gali under the jurisdiction of Doda
police station. The militant was identified as Tawheed Ahmed Bhat
July 3: Anantnag District
Police and Army personnel killed Abu Aatif alias Shadaakh, a Pakistani
‘divisional commander’ of the LeT, along with his Pakistani bodyguard,
Syed Moin, during an encounter at Niaina Batpora village in Pulwama-Anantnag
belt and arrested a young woman, Mubeena Akhtar, believed to be
Abu’s wife. Two AK-56 rifles, one satellite phone and three mobile
phones were recovered from the possession of the slain militants.
Sources said that on the basis of some diaries recovered from the
destroyed hideout, Pulwama Police conducted a raid on another militant
hideout near a sports stadium in Pulwama town and recovered a large
number of CDs besides INR 1, 25, 000. The report added that Abu
had planned and executed suicide attack on a CRPF formation at Ramur
in Uttar Pradesh on January 1, 2008 and an attack on Indian Institute
of Science in Bangalore on December 28, 2005.
June 27: Two militants of the LeT
outfit and two soldiers were killed in a daylong gun battle between
militants and the Army at Khachpathri, near Kangan, in the Ganderbal
area of Srinagar. Both the militants killed were unidentified but
believed to be Pakistani cadres of the LeT. However, LeT spokesman,
Abdullah Ghaznavi, said that five Army officials, including an officer,
got killed. He claimed at 7:00 pm (IST) that none of the militants
had got killed but said that the gun battle was still underway.
June 24: Police neutralised
a hide-out of the LeT and recovered a large quantity of explosive
devices, including five kg RDX, 12 grenades, 100 AK rounds and a
large quantity of incriminating documents from a hide-out of the
militants at Gandoh in the Doda district.
June 21: Two LeT militants, Abu
Shams and Abu Javed, and one Central Reserve Police Force constable,
K. C. Sahu, were killed and four security force personnel wounded
at Shopribagh in the Hazratbal-Ganderbal belt of Srinagar.
Two LeT militants,
identified as Nazir Ahmed alias Abu Mohammad and Pakistani Abdullah,
were killed by the troops during an encounter at Nariwan forest
of Pir Panjal mountain range in the Shopian-Rajouri belt. Abu Mohammad
was LeT's ‘divisional commander’ for Rajouri-Poonch belt.
June 20: Security forces
killed a Pakistani commander of the LeT, identified as Mehboob Ahmad
Afridi alias Jugnu alias Faisal, in an operation at Khoipora in
the Handwara area of Kupwara District. He was reportedly functioning
as the "district commander" of LeT in Sopore.
June 19: Troops foiled
a major infiltration attempt on the LoC at Salhutri in the Krishna
Ghati area of Poonch district killing five suspected LeT militants
while two others managed to escape. Reports said Pakistan army was
also reported to have fired some shots on the Indian side.
June 16: Police arrested one Lashkar-e-Taiba
LeT militant, identified as Irshad Ahmad Hajam, from Chinar Park
in Handwara of Kupwara district. The arrested militant had planned
to carry out grenade attack on Handwara Police Station. One hand
grenade was also recovered from his possession. During questioning,
Hajam revealed that he along with other LeT cadres were assigned
the task of carrying out hand grenades attacks on different targets
like Police Stations, public rallies in Handwara and Kupwara by
their 'commanders' Abu Hurrera and Abu Wakas. Acting on the information
provided by Hajam, Police also arrested three more LeT cadres along
with two grenades from each of them at Handwara market, Chogal and
Kulangam Crossing respectively. They have been identified as Shahnawaz
Shah, Tariq Ahmad Bhat and Fayaz Ahmad Lone.
June 10: The security forces arrested
a LeT militant, Fiaz Ahmed Bhatt, from Jehand village in the Doda
district. No recoveries were made from him at the time of his arrest.
Fiaz had joined the outfit in 2007.
June 3: SFs shot dead three top
militants of the LeT at Peer Gali in the Rajouri district. The militants
were heading towards Kashmir from the Pir Panjal mountain when they
were intercepted by the SF personnel and subsequently killed. The
encounter was continuing till last reports came in as two more militants
were holed-up in the area.
June 2: Security forces
killed two militants of the LeT in an encounter at Dar Mohalla in
the Bandipora district.
Two more militants
of the LeT were killed in an encounter with the troops at Dangarpora
in the Baramulla district. Officials identified the slain militants
as Abu Mujahid alias Abdullah and Abu Khalid alias Haji, both Pakistanis.
Security forces killed
two LeT militants, identified as ‘district commander’ Usman Bhai
and Abu Jibran, while retaliating to an ambush by the militants
at Chottipora in the Handwara area.
May 29: Security forces shot dead
a ‘deputy divisional commander’ of the LeT outfit and his woman
associate, who was also an active militant, in an encounter at Khandipura
under the jurisdiction of Doda police station in Doda district.
The slain couple was identified as Shabir Ahmed Ittu a.k.a. Abu
Rizwan and Samreena Bano. Shabir Ahmed, according to sources, was
an ‘A’ category militant active since 1995 and had recently been
designated as ‘deputy divisional commander’ of the LeT. He was also
involved in the Kulhand massacre of May 1, 2006 in which 22 Hindus
were killed in the Udhampur district. Sources said Samreena Bano
had joined the LeT a few months back. She was arrested on January
23, 2008 and had subsequently admitted to her involvement in militancy
related activities. After being released on bail, she had again
started working with the LeT outfit. Samreena was an over ground
worker and was under police surveillance.
The Kupwara district
police killed a Pakistani militant of the LeT at Bumhama village.
However, two of his associates managed to escape from the incident
site. Residents later revealed to Police that one of the escapees
was a Pakistani militant and another was a Kashmiri militant identified
as Veqas. One AK-47 rifle, one Chinese pistol, one mobile phone
and a satellite telephone were recovered the incident site.
May 27: The United
States Treasury said it had decided to freeze the assets of four
leaders of the Pakistan-based LeT, including its chief Hafiz Mohammed
May 25: The dead body of a LeT militant,
identified as Abdul Rashid alias Abu Maza, a resident of Nehla Charwari
in the Ramban district, was recovered by police from Masjid Sharief
Charwari. Sources said a letter written on behalf of the LeT outfit
was found near the body which said Rashid was killed on May 22 after
being hit by a stone on his head.
May 12: The SFs killed a Pakistani
militant of the LeT, identified as Abu Maseh, in an encounter at
Surankote in the Poonch district. A Special Police Officer, Shamim
Ahmed, was reportedly injured in the operation.
May 11: Four civilians, two soldiers
and two militants of the LeT were killed in an encounter in the
Samba town of Jammu. Among the slain civilians were chief photographer
of Daily Excelsior Ashok Sodhi, a prominent leader from Samba Hoshiar
Singh and his wife, and another woman. 16 SF personnel, including
the Superintendent of Police (Operations), Mubassir Latifi, and
two women were injured in the day long gun-battle. Official sources
said that two militants wearing Army uniform intruded into the house
of Hoshiar Singh, general secretary of Indian National Democratic
Party, in Samba town at 5.58am (IST) by scaling the boundary wall.
After killing Hoshiar Singh and his wife on the spot, the militants
subsequently moved towards the Kaili Mandi area and took hostage
three women and two children. In the consequent encounter, two soldiers,
Aziz Ahmed and Atul Negi, and a woman were killed. At about 5pm,
the SFs stormed the house where the militants were hiding and shot
dead both of them. Two AK-47 rifles, one rifle grenade launcher,
some eatables, a wire cutter and a night vision device were recovered
from their possession.
May 3: One LeT militant, identified
as Qasim Din, was arrested by the SFs in the Bonjwah area of Kishtwar
district. He was a close associate of Abu Hamza, a top LeT militant,
who was gunned down by the SFs at Bonjwah four days back. Qasim
had managed to escape in the encounter in which Abu Hamza was killed
and had since then taken shelter in Kanuao forest. One SLR with
two magazines and 26 rounds were recovered from him.
April 30: India was
among the countries worst affected by terrorism with militant attacks
in Jammu and Kashmir and in the Northeast, attacks by Naxalites
and attacks elsewhere in the country taking a toll of more than
2,300 lives in 2007, the US State Department said. The State Department,
in its annual report on terrorism, said terrorist activities along
the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir are on the decline but
Pakistan-based militant outfits like the LeT and other terrorist
groups continue to plan attacks in the Valley. "Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba
and other Kashmir-focused groups continued regional attack planning.
In 2007, Kashmir-focused groups continued to support attacks in
Afghanistan, and operatives trained by the groups continued to feature
in Al-Qaeda transnational attack planning," it said.
April 29: A top Pakistani
militant of the LeT, Mohammed Maqbool alias Abu Hamza, and a police
constable, Kikkar Singh, were killed in an encounter at village
Muslai in the Kishtwar district. Abu Hamza was active in the Kishtwar
and Doda districts for the last four to five years and had been
rated as ‘A’ category militant.
The Baramulla Police
arrested four persons, including a branch manager of the Jammu and
Kashmir Bank Ltd, for illegal exchange of foreign currency and its
subsequent supply to militants of the LeT.
The LeT spokesman,
Abdullah Ghaznavi, informed Daily Excelsior over telephone
that all of his organisation's holed up militants had managed to
escape in the 36-hour-long gun-battle in the Rajwar forest area
of Handwara-Zachaldara belt. He claimed that as many as 10 troopers,
including a Commanding Officer and a Major, were killed in the two-day
long encounter. Officials while confirming the encounter, however,
stated that no militant, civilian or police personnel were killed
or injured in the two-day-long gun-battle.
April 28: SFs in Kishtwar arrested
a LeT militant, Mohammad Ibrahim alias Abu Mussa, from the Pathro
area. From his possession, police recovered one AK-47 rifle, three
magazines and 90 rounds of ammunition.
April 24: The Superintendent of
Police (Handwara), Dr Haseeb Mughal, said that about 30 militants
of the LeT and JeM were still active in Handwara-Kandi belt of Kupwara
April 22: The Union Minister of
State for Home Affairs, Sriprakash Jaiswal, replying to questions
in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) said that the
banned SIMI has links with terrorist groups, including the LeT.
He said that the links have been revealed in investigations into
a number of cases.
The involvement of Pakistan-based
outfits has been observed in most of the terrorist attacks in India
as groups from across the border continue to sponsor terrorist and
subversive activities in the country, the Union Home Ministry said
in its Annual Report for 2007-08. "The hand of Pakistan-based terrorist
organisations - LeT and JeM - and, increasingly of the Bangladesh-based
HuJI, known to have close links with ISI, has been observed in most
of these cases," the 167-page report said. The incidents showed
these groups have been using sleeper cells in the country to carry
out such activities, and have also been using the territory of other
neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal, it said.
April 20: Awantipora police arrested
three OGWs, identified as Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Assadullah Gani and
Ashiq Hussain Bhat, from the Padgampora area. Four hand grenades
were recovered from them, an official spokesman said and disclosed
that all the three OGWs were assigned the task by LeT’s Pakistani
militants to carry out grenade attacks on the convoys of the SFs
on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
April 19: The SFs in
a day long gun battle killed four heavily armed militants in the
Rang forest area, about 6-km ahead of Warnow in the Kupwara district.
Three of the slain militants, residents of Pakistan occupied Kashmir,
were identified as Amjad Bhai, Abu Saifullah and Irshad Ahmed. While
Amjad Bhai was a top wanted ‘district commander’ of the JeM who
had been operating in the Lolab area for the last six years, Abu
Saifullah and Arshad were both cadres of the LeT. SSP, Kupwara,
Vijay Kumar, confirmed the death of four militants said that four
AK rifles and a number of grenades were among the arms and ammunition
seized at the site of the encounter.
April 18: SFs arrested
two militants of the LeT outfit from Seri Bazaar in the Bhadarwah
town of Doda district and recovered some arms, ammunition and incriminating
documents from their possession. They were identified as Ikhlaq
Ahmed (code name Muzamil Bhat) and Abdul Samad Hajam. From their
possession, SFs recovered one Chinese pistol with one magazine and
five rounds, two mobile telephones, INR 2050, one purse with LeT
sticker, one head band of LeT and a large quantity of incriminating
April 15: A soldier,
identified as Dalip Singh, was killed during an encounter between
the SFs and a group of LeT militants at village Khari in the Ramban.
April 14: SFs killed a ‘district
commander’ of the LeT in an encounter in the Harwan area of Srinagar.
He was identified as Zakaria, a Pakistani militant. LeT spokesman
Abdullah Gazali confirmed the death of Zakaria but said that he
would be issuing a statement after getting all details.
April 12: The SFs in
an encounter killed a ‘district commander’ of the LeT, identified
as Shabir Ahmad Bhat alias Mansoor, at Peer Mohalla in the Chakura
village of Pulwama district. According to police, Mansoor was a
listed "A" category militant of the outfit and had crossed over
to Pakistan in 2001 and returned to Valley in October 2006.
April 11: JeM and LeT,
the Pakistan-based terrorist groups, are among the 44 outfits designated
as ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisations’ (FTO) by the US. Besides these
two, other groups active in India — the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami
and Pakistan-based HuM — are also in the FTO list issued by the
office of the coordinator for counter terrorism of the US Department
April 7: All the religious
outfits which were banned by General Pervez Musharraf during his
military rule would approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan and seek
restoration, chief of the proscribed LeT group. "The ban was a step
that the retired General took only to please America and now it
is abundantly clear that people have rejected his policies," Hafiz
Saeed, LeT (now known as Jama’at-ud-Da’awa) chief told The News.
He criticised President Musharraf's Kashmir policy and alleged that
the 'U-turn' taken by the Musharraf Government on Kashmir had badly
damaged the cause of the Kashmiris' ‘freedom struggle’.
March 23: Three police personnel
and a CRPF constable died in an encounter with militants on the
outskirts of capital Srinagar in which they succeeded in killing
Abu Faisal of Pakistan, a 'divisional commander' of the LeT. The
gunfight ensued after the security forces surrounded a house in
the Telbal locality, where some militants were hiding. According
to the Police press release, Abu Faisal was responsible for a number
of subversive acts and armed attacks in the Kangan-Ganderbal belt.
March 21: Two children, Mohammad
Afzal and Akram Ashraf, were killed in a grenade explosion in the
Gawari area of Doda district. Police said that some unidentified
militants lobbed a grenade near a house at Gawari village leading
to the death of two boys who were playing near their house. Police
sources added that the militants lobbed the grenade to avenge the
killing of four LeT militants in the same area.
March 19: The Doda district police
and Army shot dead four militants of the LeT outfit, including a
'district commander', in an encounter at Gwari Shah under the jurisdiction
of Gandoh police station. Two police personnel sustained injuries
in the operation. The slain militants were identified as 'district
commander' Imtiaz Hussain alias Abu Turab, Sadam Hussain, Suraf
Nawaz alias Mehnaz and Sagir Ahmed of Pakistan.
March 16: SFs killed Hafiz Naasir,
one of the most wanted militants and the Kashmir valley chief of
the LeT, in an encounter at village Chatlura near Sopore town in
the Baramulla district. Lt. Col. M. S. Kadam, the officiating Commanding
Officer of Rashtriya Rifles (22 Battalion), and another soldier,
identified as Pradeep Kumar, are reported to have died and four
SF personnel injured in the encounter. Hafiz Naasir, a Pakistani
militant, had been appointed sometime in 2007 as LeT operational
chief in Kashmir after working in the Valley for about ten years.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (north Kashmir), Dr. B Srinivas,
described Naasir as the most wanted militant in the Baramulla, Bandipora
and Kupwara districts.
March 15: A LeT militant was arrested
along with electronic gadgets, including a laptop, the police said.
The police raided the house of Shabir Ahmed alias Pappu in the Sabra
village on March 14-night and recovered a laptop and pen drive from
his possession, they said. The laptop recovered from Pappu originally
belonged to slain LeT 'divisional commander' Abu Umar, the police
said, adding Umar was involved in the killing of Deputy Superintendent
of Police Shelly Singh.
March 14: Police in the Chakwal
city of Punjab province in Pakistan arrested four persons on charges
of their alleged links with the banned LeT.
March 12: A militant of the LeT
was killed by the security forces in a gun-battle at Rampore in
the Sopore area of Baramulla district. While Defence sources confirmed
the death of one militant, Police officials insisted that three
militants of the group were "believed to be dead." The Deputy Inspector
General of Police (North Kashmir) said that no dead body had been
recovered till late night. Unnamed officials said that Lashkar-e-Taiba's
radio intercepts since the evening were also mentioning death of
March 10: Police claimed to have
foiled a plan to carry out Fidayeen (suicide squad) attack
at Srinagar by the LeT. Following an intelligence outfit that the
LeT cadres were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the city,
security forces carried out a raid on a house in the Harwan area
and recovered police uniforms, pouches, three sewing machines, six
hand grenades, seven AK magazines, 200 rounds of ammunition, one
2 inch mortar, one Thuraya phone and some coded documents.
March 7: Police unearthed a Hawala
racket supplying money to the LeT operatives in the Kandi and
Buddal areas of Rajouri district. The Police conducted series of
raids in the Kandi area and arrested Zulfikar, brother of a slain
HM militant Abdul Qayoom, who died in July 2007, and Muhammad Qadir
of Larkuti, while they were purchasing shoes and other food items
for militants operating in the area. "The police team also
recovered Rs 1.5 lakh of hawala money from the possession
of the arrested persons. The money was to be handed over to LeT
commander Saqib (operating in Kandi and Buddal areas)", sources
March 5: SFs killed a holed up militant
in the overnight operation at Chitti Bandi in the Bandipora district.
One militant had died in the initial round of firing and another
was trapped inside a residential house. Sources said that troops
destroyed the target hideout, killing the holed up militant. Official
sources said that one of the two slain militants was identified
as Abu Abdullah alias Mohammad Saleem, a Pakistani national. They
stated that both the militants belonged to the LeT. A defence spokesman
stated that both the militants were killed at a time when they were
planning a strike on the former counter-insurgent and current legislator
from Bandipora, Usman Majeed.
March 2: SFs arrested two Over-Ground
Workers of the LeT, identified as Sajjad Ahmed Bhat and Riyaz Ahmed
Shah, in the Chakora area of Pulwama district.
Police arrested a militant and his
five associates including two women, from the outskirts of Doda
town when they were smuggling a consignment of arms and ammunition
from Kulgam to Doda district. The arms were being smuggled for a
‘divisional commander’ of the LeT outfit.
February 15: A top Pakistani militant
of the LeT outfit involved in the November 23, 2007 bomb blasts
in various courts across Uttar Pradesh was killed along with his
associate in an encounter with police in the Pulwama district. Self-styled
district commander Abdul Rahman alias Rehman Bhai, a Pakistani,
and a local militant Moin Ahmed Mir were killed at Niloora-Aglar
village. Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda told reporters
that the slain LeT commander was involved in the November 23 blasts
in Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow courts in which 13 civilians were
killed. "As per the UP police investigation, the LeT group that
was responsible for sending arms and ammunition for attack at Rampur
is the same group to which Rehman belongs", he said, adding "Rehman
was part of the group headed by Abu Aatif which had supplied the
arms to the Rampur attackers." The investigations also revealed
that Rehman was closely associated with LeT militants not only in
the Kashmir Valley but outside the State, he said.
February 12: SF personnel shot dead
three LeT militants in an encounter at village Sarhuti under the
jurisdiction of Mendhar police station in the Poonch district. A
fourth militant, however, is reported to have escaped from the incident
site. With this, nine militants, including six infiltrators, have
been killed in the past one week in Mendhar sector.
February 7: A top militant of the
LeT, identified as Showkat Ali alias Abu Haroon (set code Victor
6), surrendered before the Special Operations Group (SOG) Jammu.
February 5: SFs shot dead two suspected
LeT militants in an encounter at Bindi Gala, about three kilometers
inside the Line of Control in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district.
February 2: Three top LeT militants,
belonging to Pakistan, and two police personnel, including a constable
and a Special Police Officer, were killed while soldier was injured
as security forces foiled an infiltration attempt on Line of Control
in the Ghani forests of Mendhar sector in Poonch district. The operation
was still on till the reports last came in.
January 27: The Karnataka Police
is reported to have recently arrested a cook and a medical student
for alleged terrorist links. The duo revealed that they had plans
of bombing the Hubli airport. During the interrogation of Mohammad
Ghouse and his associate Assadullah Abbubukar, the police learnt
that Ghouse's father Mohammad Naseeruddin is a LeT operative and
has received training in Pakistan. Intelligence Bureau sources said
that Naseerruddin is a trained suicide bomber, who was trained at
Muzafarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Assadullah reportedly
met Ghouse at a religious meeting in Hubli in 2007, and was influenced
by the latter to take up the jihadi cause. The police have also
recovered CDs and maps of various installations from the duo.
January 24: A female militant of
the LeT outfit, active for the last three years, was arrested by
the Doda police. She was stated to be very close to LeT ‘divisional
commander’, Shabir Ittoo, and actively worked for the outfit in
Doda and its adjoining localities. Senior Superintendent of Police,
Manohar Singh, while confirming the arrest said 23-year-old Samrina
Bano, daughter of Ghulam Nabi Shah of Doda, was undergoing nurse
training at the Health Department in Doda. She was very close to
the LeT divisional commander and was instrumental in shifting cash
consignments and arms and ammunitions for the militants. Intelligence
agencies had reportedly intercepted messages of the LeT divisional
commander who was in constant touch with Samrina Bano. This is the
third such incident during the past six months when a female militant
was arrested in the Jammu region. On September 7, 2007, the Jammu
police had arrested a law student, Nahida Altaf, who was close to
Saifullah Karri of the JeM. Karri was killed in a joint operation
of the Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir police. In similar case, Kishtwar
police arrested two sisters from the Sangram Bhatta area. One of
the girls was arrested with a HM and INR 200000 was also recovered
from their possession.
A HM militant was arrested by the
SOG of Jammu Police from a rented house at Dogra Hall in Jammu city.
He was working as a Supervisor with a Chandigarh-based English newspaper
to hide his credentials. The militant was identified as Riyaz Ahmed
Shah alias Raja, a resident of Shangran in the Anantnag district.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Raja, a ‘B’ category militant,
was involved in the killing of a civilian Jabbar Khanday in 2005
under the jurisdiction of Dooru police station.
January 23: Bharat Bhushan, a Village
Defence Committee member, was abducted and subsequently killed by
militants of the LeT in the Doda district. The killing has been
described as revengeful action as the deceased had fought valiantly
with militants in the same area resulting in the killing of two
LeT cadres three days back.
January 21: All the three holed
up militants of the LeT were killed by the SFs at the residence
of two activists of the ruling People’ Democratic Party (PDP) at
Mandigam village in the Handwara area of Kupwara district in a 30-hour-long
gun-battle. Sources said that the encounter came to an end at 1130
hours. All three militants were killed when SFs destroyed their
hideout at the twin houses of PDP activists, Ashiq Hussain Parray
and Mushtaq Ahmed Mir. Officials said that Major Parmar and another
soldier were wounded in the encounter. LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi
identified the slain militants as Abdullah Gauri, Abu Issa and Abu
Faidullah. He also claimed that nine soldiers, including a Major,
were killed in the gun-battle.
SFs killed two more militants of
the Lashkar-e-Taiba in a gun-battle at Alyalpora village in Shopian
district. They were identified as ‘battalion commander’ Tahir-ul-Islam
and Mohammad Hanief Dar.
January 20: One of the LeT militants,
holed up in a house at Mandigam village in Handwara was killed by
January 15: Security forces killed
Abu Kital alias Abu Hamza, ‘district commander’ of the LeT, in an
encounter in the Bandipora district.
January 13: Personnel of the Jammu
and Kashmir Police and Rashtriya Rifles killed two militants of
the LeT outfit in separate encounters in the Doda district. According
to Manahor Singh, Senior Superintended of Police, two unidentified
LeT militants were killed in Shonsh and Banshal areas, under the
Doda police station.
January 12: Troops cordoned the
house of one Mangta Bhat at village Bikhrain under the jurisdiction
of Doda police station and shot dead two top LeT militants who had
taken shelter in the house. The slain cadres were identified as
Altaf Hussain and Irshad Ahmed.
A militant of the LeT outfit, identified
as Farooq Ahmed Bhat, was killed by troops in the Bhagwah area of
Doda district. Bhat was a ‘B’ grade militant of the LeT outfit and
was active in Doda district since 2003.
January 10: A suspected LeT cadre,
Abbas Khan alias Akhdas Khan alias Mohsin Alam, was arrested for
his alleged involvement in a fake currency racket in Kolkata, by
the detective department from a house at Chamru Singh Lane in East
Kolkata’s Narkeldanga area. He had earlier been convicted by a Gujarat
court for the Godhra violence but was released on bail. He had jumped
parole and remained untraceable. An unspecified amount of fake currency
notes of INR 500 and INR 1,000 denomination were recovered from
him. Khan was subsequently remanded in police custody till January
January 5: A top LeT commander Abu
Muslim was found dead at Seeldhar in the Gool area of Ramban district.
While local people claimed that the militant had died due to illness,
official sources said an exact reason is yet to be ascertained.
Security forces (SFs) arrested an
OGW of LeT from Baramulla district. He was identified as Javed Ahmed
Lone. One pistol, a pistol magazine, 38 rounds of pistol ammunition,
two electric detonators and one remote control IED circuit with
battery, were recovered from his possession.
SFs rescued two youths from captivity
of LeT after raiding a hideout of the outfit at village Lonepura
in the Doda district. Two OGWs of the outfit were also arrested
following the raid.
January 2: SFs arrested an over-ground
worker of the LeT, identified as Abdul Hamid Ganai, from Sumbal.