Incidents and Statements involving Harkat-ul-Mujahideen: 2009-2012
December 5: Drawing its cadres from LeT, JeM and HM, terrorist outfit HuA is resuming operations under a new name of Jabbar-ul-Mujahideen. HuA was formed by the merger of two Pakistani militant outfits, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.
November 27: Replying to a question, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs R. P. N Singh told Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) that various terrorist groups, including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) are engaged in terrorist activities in the country. "As per available information, militants/terrorists active in India are often supported by their parent outfits based abroad, particularly in Pakistan," he said. Singh said other terrorist outfits which are active in India include Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Al-Umma, Al Badr, Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami (HuJI), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).
October 6: Fresh posters of HuM militant outfit appeared in Watergam village of Baramulla District threatening the Panchayat members.
September 26: Security has been strengthened at places frequented by Israelis, such as Chabad House in Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Paharganj in New Delhi, following a general alert about the possibility of attacks by terrorist group LeT.
Police have learnt that 35 terrorists of IM, LeT, HuM and other organizations might cause a disturbance in the upcoming festive season. Apart from making the faces of these terrorists public, Police are deploying extra men to check out guesthouses and other crowded locations.
August 2: Secretary of State of the Department had also designated certain organisations as FTOs in accordance with Section 219 of the INA. Those designated as FTO included HuJI, HuM, JeM and LeT, which are also conducting terrorist activities in J&K State.
The Report stated that HuM had several hundred of armed supporters located in PoK and some militancy infested areas of J&K.
August 18: Several outlawed Pakistan-based terror groups remain active in Kashmir and continue to target and plan attacks on India, a US report on global terrorism said, according to Indian Express. Prominent among these terrorist groups are Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Harkat ul-Mujahideen (HuM), which are having hundreds of armed supporters in Kashmir. LeT, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 2001, is one of the largest and most proficient of the traditionally Kashmir-focused militant groups. "It has the ability to severely disrupt already delicate regional relation," said the State Department in its annual report on terrorism. The actual size of LeT is unknown, but it has several thousand members in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Pakistan's Punjab and in southern Jammu, Kashmir, and Doda regions. "Most LeT members are Pakistanis or Afghans and/or veterans of the Afghan wars. The group uses assault rifles, light and heavy machine guns, mortars, explosives, and rocket-propelled grenades," the State Department said. LeT maintains a number of facilities, including training camps, schools, and medical clinics in Pakistan. It has global connections and a strong operational network throughout South Asia, the State Department said.
Based in Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, and several other cities in Pakistan, HuM conducts insurgent and terrorist operations primarily in Kashmir and Afghanistan. It trains its militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 1997, HuM has conducted a number of operations against Indian troops and civilian targets in Kashmir. HuM has several hundred armed supporters located in PoK, and southern parts of Kashmir, Doda regions, and in the Valley. "Supporters are mostly Pakistanis and Kashmiris, but also include Afghans and Arab veterans of the Afghan war," the report said, adding that it uses light and heavy machine guns, assault rifles, mortars, explosives, and rockets.
JeM, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 2001, has at least several hundred armed supporters - including a large cadre of former HuM members - located in Pakistan, southern Kashmir and Doda regions and in the Valley.
June 25: Pakistan Army condemned the June 23 report of The New York Times which stated that a cell phone found in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contained contacts of a militant outfit, HuM that had ties with the Pakistan's Intelligence Agency. Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said in a statement sent by text message that the military "rejects the insinuations made in the New York Times story", adding, "It is part of a well-orchestrated smear campaign against our security organisations".
June 23: A cell phone found in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1, 2011 contained contacts to a militant outfit with ties to Inters Services Intelligence (ISI). The cell phone belonged to Osama's courier who was also killed in the May 1 raid. The discovery indicated that bin Laden used the group, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), as part of his support network inside Pakistan. The Newspaper quoted analysts familiar with HuM saying it had deep roots in the area around Abbottabad and its leaders have strong ties with both al Qaeda and ISI.
June 22: David Headley's "valuable information" on the LeT hierarchy is of interest not only to America but also to other countries, said US prosecutors.
Assistant US Attorney Victoria Peters said that Headley "mapped out the hierarchy of LeT, in which Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai 2008 attacks (also known as 26/11) was revealed to be the leader of the military wing of LeT", adding, "Headley also gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) a list of 34 targets that he believes are still on the radar for Pakistan terrorist organizations."
May 9: Inter-twining between Kashmiri militancy and al-Qaeda is visible from the interrogation details of many Pakistani prisoners who were in Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of being al-Qaida and Taliban members. Interrogation details of 69 Pakistani prisoners are available from Wikileaks. The intermingling between Kashmiri militancy and al-Qaeda raises the possibility of Qaeda putting more focus on India in future. Many Pakistani prisoners in the US military prison, such as Abdul Sedar Nafeesi [militant of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islam (HuJI)], Abdul Sattar [both Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and HuJI] and Abdul Halim Sadiqi and his brother Abdullah Sadiqi [both cadres of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)] have significant focus on Kashmir. The US interrogation report rates JeM as a Tier 1 target, which is a designated terror group having state support. The interrogation report said JeM was aligned with the pro-Taliban political party Jamiat-i-Ulema-i Islam (JUI-F).
May 2: SFs arrested two HM militants, identified as Ishtiaq Ahmad Wani (28) of Goshbugh-Pattan and Mohammad Amin Khan (29), resident of Bela Buniyar in Uri of Baramulla District. Police officials said that two militants were arrested at Indergam village of Pattan area in Baramulla District. One Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, four rounds of ammunition and two Chinese hand grenades were recovered from Ishtiyaq while as the recoveries made from Amin include a revolver along with four rounds of ammunition and two Chinese hand grenades. Ishtiyaq was earlier affiliated to the HuM militant outfit and had been a close associate of Basharat Saleem alias Atif of Sopore.
March 12: A 'divisional commander' of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) were killed in separate encounters with Security Forces (SFs) in Sopore and Shopian areas of Jammu and Kashmir. The slain 'divisional commander' identified as Chota Kalimullah alias Shamsher alias Talwar Bhai was killed in an encounter with SFs at Kralteng-Muslim Peer area of Sopore in Baramulla District. One AK-47 rifle, six magazines of AK and one pistol magazine was recovered from the possession of the slain militant. "It seems the militants had set up their hideout in the clinic of Dr. Mohammad Ramzan and they were spotted in the clinic today as well. We wanted to avoid the civilian casualties and as such did not open fire in the first instance. As the militants went inside we asked them to surrender since the clinic was cordoned off. But they did not pay heed to our pleas and started heavy fire on police and security forces," said the Police officials. However, the other two militants who were also present in the clinic managed to escape. A Defence spokesman while giving details about the encounter said, "Chota Kalimullah resident of Pakistan, reportedly a divisional commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen was killed."
October 31: The militant killed in an encounter with Sesurity Forcess at Ahad Sahib area of Sopore town in Baramulla District, was identified on November 1 as Irshad Ahmad Mir alias Ammar, a resident of Gundbrat village of Sopore. Mir was affiliated with Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM). Two hand grenades were recovered from the encounter site. A civilian was also injured in the crossfire.
October 21: The Security Forces shot dead two militants of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) who were on a mission to target the Army Headquarters of 15 Corps at Badamibagh cantonment and another camp at Haft Chinar in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Troops launched a search cum cordon operation in the Malroo locality on Srinagar-Bandipora road late in the night of October 20 after receiving information about presence of at least three JeM militants in the house of one Abdul Majid Bhat, official sources said. The SFs started house-to-house search in the morning of October 21 and came under firing from the militants hiding inside the target house.
Later, the SFs pounded two houses with mortars in the evening, resulting in the killing of two militants in the first house. The third militant is believed to be buried under the debris of second house, which will be searched today (October 22). "During initial investigations, the slain militants have been identified as Yusuf Bhai and Mumtaz," a Police spokesman said. He said Yusuf Bhai was an improvised explosive device expert (IED) expert and both the slain militants were highly trained. "According to Police sources, they had plans to carry out fidayeen attacks on Security Force establishments in and around Srinagar," he added. Senior Police officials said the militants were trying to infiltrate into the city in order to carry out attacks, hoping to catch the security apparatus off guard as it has been busy dealing with street violence since June 11, 2010. This is the first militant attack in Srinagar since January 6 suicide attack by militants in Lal Chowk area of the City.
Meanwhile, a JeM 'commander' said the militants were on a mission to attack Army installations, including the headquarters of Army's 15 Corps at Badamibagh in Srinagar. "The three ultras were part of six fidayeen (suicide) militants who were assigned the job of carrying out attacks on Badamibagh cantonment and Haft Chinar Army camp in Srinagar," operational chief of JeM Sajjad Afghani said in a statement to local media. He said 'commander' Yusuf Badni, Qari Mumtaz, Asadullah Afghani, Saiful Islam Baber and Osama were to carry out attacks in Srinagar and uniform, vehicles, communication equipment and logistic support was provided to them. "An informer tipped off Police and Qari Mumtaz and Asadullah Afghani were killed in Malroo encounter," Afghani added. He threatened that the outfit will carry out attacks on the Army installations in the city and elsewhere in the Valley in near future.
Further, three militants - two belonging to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and one to Hizb-ul- Mujahideen (HM) were arrested during separate operations by SFs in the Sopore area of Baramulla District and Handwara town of Kupwara District. Two HuM militants, Jahangir Ahmad Malla and Sajad Ahmad Bhat, were arrested by the SFs following a tip off about their presence in a house at Doabgah village of Sopore town, official sources said. They handed over two AK rifles, 100 ammunition rounds and two UBGL shells to the SFs soon after their arrest. The SFs also arrested a HM militant, Ghulam Ahmad Peer, from Fruit Mandi in Braripora in Handwara area of Kupwara District. Peer, who was an active militant for the past 16 years, had gone to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 1994 for receiving training in arms handling. Two identity cards and a Pakistani passport were recovered from his possession at the time of the arrest.
August 18: A doctor allegedly belonging to the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) outfit was shot dead near the AO Clinic in Nazimabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Station House Officer (SHO) Jahanzaib said the deceased Javed, son of Abdul Shakoor, was killed by unidentified assailants on two motorcycles while he was on his way to his private clinic in a Toyota Corolla bearing registration No AHQ-177. Javed was a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal and belonged to the Okhai Memon Community. The SHO informed that the deceased doctor was released from the Azizabad Police Station a month ago and was to report there as scheduled, defined by the home department because of his alleged involvement with the HuM.
July 21-22: Two militants were killed in a gun battle with the Security Forces in the Kupwara District, defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel A. S. Brar said on July 22. The encounter broke out between militants, hiding in Rajwar forest in Handwara, and SFs in the night of July 21, Brar added. The gun battle was going on when reports came in last. Meanwhile, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) militant killed in the encounter with the SFs in Sopore town of Baramulla District has been identified as self-styled ‘divisional commander’ Nouman. He was a Pakistani national and involved in an attack on Lal Chowk in Srinagar in February 2010. "During ensuing encounter, one foreign militant namely Noman alias Mooch Wala alias Mike Islam and a local militant namely Arif alias Bitta, resident of Adipora Sopore were eliminated,'' a Police official was quoted as saying by the Daily Excelsior. As reported earlier, one militant each of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and HuM were believed to be killed in a gun battle with the SFs at Parray-Mohalla in the Hygam area of Sopore town in the Baramulla District on July 20. An Army trooper was also killed in the incident.
July 20: One militant each of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) were believed to be killed in a gun battle with the Security Forces (SFs) at Parray-Mohalla in the Hygam area of Sopore town in the Baramulla District. An Army trooper was also killed in the incident.
June 18: Two Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) militants were killed in an encounter that ensued between the Security Forces and the militants in the Kreeri area of Baramulla District. The slain militants were identified as Sajid and Umair, both believed to be Pakistani nationals and associated with HuM. Two AK rifles, four magazines, 27 AK rounds, one wireless set, two UBGL grenades, two pouches and two scissors were recovered from the possession of the slain militants.
June 14: The Army says Basharat Saleem alias Shaheen, top militant ‘commander’ of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) had been killed by foreign militants. "He [Basharat] was killed allegedly because foreigners suspected him of having been in touch with Security Forces. He wasn’t in touch with the forces, but was killed on mere suspicion," said Major General N George, General Officer Commanding Kilo (counter insurgency) Force.
June 8: The wireless intercepts between militants in Jammu and Kashmir and their Pakistani handlers reveal that Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Abdullah Ooni is making desperate attempts to run away from the valley as Indian SFs turn the heat on cross-border militants. Ooni, who masterminds the joint operations of the terror syndicate of the LeT, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), has been pleading with his handlers across the border to allow him to return to PoK as he finds the going too hot for him, the officials say, citing wireless intercepts. ''We have intercepted their messages where they are desperately pleading to their handlers that they want to return safely. Ooni is desperately trying to run away,'' an intelligence official, privy to the communication intercepts. The official could not be identified as he is not supposed to speak to the media.
May 18: The SFs arrested a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) militant, identified as Nisar Ahmad Magray alias Shakti, at Baba teng in the Pattan area of Baramulla District. One Chinese Pistol, one magazine and six rounds were recovered from his possession. During questioning, Magray led the SFs to one of his hideouts where they recovered one AK 47 rifle, two magazines, 53 rounds and two hand grenades.
May 17: The SFs arrested a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) militant, identified as Showkat Ahmad Dar, from the Sumbal area of Bandipora District. One pistol, two grenades, one AK 47 magazine with 16 rounds were recovered from his possession.
May 17: The Army neutralised a militant hideout in the Kupwara District in an ongoing operation against the militants. Defence spokesperson Lt. Col. J. S. Brar told IANS, "Our troops recovered 10-AK-47 rifles, one RPG gun, three 303 rifles, over 100 grenades, mines and improvised explosive device (IED) stores." "Operation Thunder Strike was launched by the Army on May 5 in the forests of north Kashmir and as part of this operation the troops busted a hideout and recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition," he said, adding, the operation in the area continued. "This is one of the biggest arms and ammunition hauls in the State. The arms and ammunition were recovered during search operations in the Wadar Bala forests of Handwara in the Kupwara District," General Officer Commanding (GOC) Kilo Force Major General N George told reporters, adds Daily Excelsior. "So far, we have recovered 22 AK rifles including one modified, thousands of live rounds, one Rocket Propelled Grenade, one 60 millimetre Mortar, seven Pistols, three 303 rifles, seven Radio Sets and one Night Vision Goggle besides over 100 grenades, mines and other war like stores."
Talking about the Operation, Major General George said based on intelligence inputs in early May about infiltration of about 14-22 militants, Army carried out deployment of troops in hilly terrain of areas falling on the borderline of Baramulla and Kupwara districts. As many as 11 militants, including four locals, and four Army personnel have been killed in the Operation but intelligence inputs suggest that few more militants are still at large in the Haphruda forests of Handwara in Kupwara district.
He also said there are indications of a major rift between local militants and foreigners operating in the area. "The foreign militants see the locals with plenty of doubt. Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) militant Basharat Saleem was killed by the foreigners on the mere suspicion of being in contact with Security Forces," he said, adding, there was no contact with the slain militant.
May 9: The ongoing anti-militancy operation in North Kashmir has been further expanded towards Kralgund and Vilgam forest areas in the Kupwara District as the SFs have credible information about presence of 11 militants including ‘divisional commander’ of the LeT in dense forests of the area. The area of operation has now been expanded to jurisdiction of all the three Police Stations - Vilgam, Kralgund and Handwara of the Handwara sub-division. "The cordon-cum-search operations in the forests falling between Baramulla and Kupwara districts have been intensified following intelligence inputs about presence of 11 more militants in the area," sources told Daily Excelsior. They said top LeT commander Abdul Rehman, who heads the subversive activities in North Kashmir, was believed to be among the group of militants hiding in the forests. "A coordination meeting of LeT, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen [HuM] was scheduled to take place at a secret location but Rehman and his group had to retreat to the forests of Handwara after eight militants were eliminated by Security Forces in two separate operations at Dogaripora in Dangiwacha area and Chak-e-Adoora in Kupwara over past two days".
May 2: Security agencies believed that Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militant Basharat Saleem has been killed by a top ranking commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM). "Basharat is most likely dead. There are credible inputs that he was killed by HuM militants led by the outfit's commander Noman four to five days back," the officer said added. Basharat was on most wanted list of the security agencies in North Kashmir as he had evaded their dragnet three times since the beginning of 2010. "Basharat was one of the few local militants who rose quickly through the ranks to be among the most powerful ultras in North Kashmir within a short span of time," he added further. The officer said efforts were on to trace the body of the militant.
April 21: Police arrested two sympathisers of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) Mohmmad Amin and Tariq Ahmed in Kishtwar District for calling militant commander Farooq Chadi in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
April 20: Militants in Jammu and Kashmir are recruiting more and more women, a secret Police document accessed by Daily News & Analysis has shown. "Each village has a substantial number of women Over Ground Workers (OWGs) who are being used to deliver money, weapons or information to terrorists," the report says. Recruiting women has its advantages, according to the report, which says, "Getting women convicted under preventive detention is a distant dream. For example, one woman was caught transferring terrorist money and grenades but was let off on bail after Sopore witnessed law and order problems." Society, too, doesn't look kindly on women being held for terrorist activities.
Also, the militants have started using upgraded technology. They are using voice overlapped internet protocol (VOIP) and encrypted messages. "Terrorists have switched to different methods of communication, including VOIP calls, which are difficult to track," the six-page document reveals, adding, "All messages sent and received are matrix-based and take a lot of time to decipher. By the time they are decoded, their importance is lost."
The report further said that in the past six months, more than 20 Security Force (SF) personnel and 15 militants were killed in Sopore in various militancy-related incidents. The high casualty among SFs is attributed to a new strategy developed by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Uni, who has been able to bring together several outfits. In 2010, Sopore has seen more than eight militant attacks on Policemen and security installations. Most of them have been carried out by a module comprising LeT, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and HM, all headed by Uni. Pakistani national Uni had replaced Furqan, LeT's Kashmir chief, who returned to his home country a few years ago. Uni was earlier operating from Lolaab and Bandipora areas, but has now started operating from Sopore.
April 4: A Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami (HuMA) cadre was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Babar Kanta area of Karachi. According to the Police, the deceased, Jamal Iqbal, was sitting with some friends when two unidentified assailants opened fore on him and managed to escape.
March 29: As revealed by different detained foreign militants, 15 foreign militant organisations were active or are still operating in Bangladesh since 1991 using the country as a safe shelter or transit to infiltrate neighbouring countries. The organisations are Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-Islami-Kashmiri (TJI), Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM), Harkat-ul-Jehadul Islami (HuJI), Hizb-ul Mujahideen , Hezbe Islami, Jamiatul Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Ansar, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), India-based Asif Reza Commando Force (ARCF), Myanmar-based militant groups Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) and National United Party of Arakan (NUPA). The statements of detained militants also reveal agents of a Pakistani intelligence agency not only coordinated the militants'' activities in Bangladesh but also provided them with necessary funds and training.
March 28: About 400 militants were waiting to cross over to Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) and nearly 300 militants were active in the Kashmir Valley, Brigadier General Staff at 15 Corps headquarters Gurmeet Singh said . "According to the Intelligence available with us, there are 42 training camps across the LoC and 34 of these are active. There are 20 launch pads opposite our Corp zone where around 400 militants are waiting to infiltrate." Asked about the identity of slain militants, he said it was still being ascertained. "The militants are now coming in mixed batches - Hizb-ul-Mujahideen [HM], Lashkar-e-Toiba [LeT] and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen [HuM]," he added. He said the militants were using Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite phones as they do not trust the local guides anymore.
March 12: The law enforcement agencies warned the authorities concerned that 19 militants were deputed in 12 cities of the province will most likely target NAB offices and ATC. Sources said that a letter had also been forwarded to the authorities concerned, mentioning that some defunct organisations, including Commander Maulana Abdul Jabbar’s fraction of JeM, LeJ, HuJI, HuM and HuA, have also joined the TTP.
February 23: Five top militants and three Security Force (SF) personnel, including an Army officer, were killed and three soldiers injured in a fierce 18-hour gun battle between the SFs and militants in the Sopore town of Baramulla District. Police sources said that on a tip-off the SFs cordoned off the Chinkipora locality in Sopore. As they launched a house-to-house search, the militants hiding there opened fire, triggering a gun battle. The militants, the sources said, were hiding in three houses. Captain Davinder Singh Jass got trapped in a house and was killed by militants. His body, however, could not be retrieved till late in the evening. Two soldiers Naik Selvakumar and Imtiaz Ahmad were also killed.
The slain militants included Bhasharat of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Noman and Hamza of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Sallahuddin of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and a local militant Tauseef Mir, the sources said. Daily Excelsior quoted Lieutenant Colonel J. S. Brar as saying, "A few top terrorists are believed to be injured or killed. The security forces have lost three men including an officer. The operations are still in progress." A civilian, identified as Rafiq Ahmad, was also injured in cross fire. The daily added that all the killed militants belonged to the LeT.
February 12: The Anti-Extremism Cell of the Sindh Police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) arrested a ‘commander’ of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami (HuMA) and recovered weapons and Jihad (holy war) literature from his possession. Official sources said Saifullah was arrested near the Sindh High Court in Karachi. One TT pistol was recovered from his possession on the spot while an 8mm rifle and literature were later found from the place, he had pointed out during interrogation.
January 31: A self-styled ‘commander’ of the HuM outfit, identified as Basharat, who was holed up in an encounter with Security Forces in Baramulla District of Kashmir valley that had started in the evening of January 30 reportedly managed to escape from the incident site by taking advantage of the darkness.
January 22: The Special Investigation Group (SIG) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has traced the names and addresses of nine terrorists who were involved in a suicide attack on former President General Pervez Musharraf, reports The News. The terrorists, identified as Ejaz alias Mansoor, Salman alias Shani, Waseem and Saad Munir Dar alias Ma’az from Rawalpindi, ‘commander’ Tariq Afridi of Darra Adam Khel and Sardar, were from Swat, three others, identified as Rehan alias Abdul Rasheed, Wali Muhammad and Qari Hussain Mehsud, were residents of South Waziristan. According to the SIG report, Ejaz is the ringleader while Qari Hussain, Noor Muhammad, Badar Mansoor, Salman, Waseem, Saad, Intekhab Abbasi and Tauqeer were involved in the attack on Musharraf. Qari Hussain with head money of PNR 2.5 million is said to be second in command to Baitullah Mehsud, former leader of the Tehrik-I-Taliban Pakistan militant group, and is running a suicide training camp in Waziristan. Noor is currently in the custody of law enforcement agencies. Ejaz has links with militants in Karachi, Rawalpindi, and the tribal areas and is a former student of Jamia Farooqia Islamic University of Karachi. He was the in-charge of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) group in 2000 and is responsible for training various terrorists in Mohmand Agency who were brought over from Punjab. Wali and Maulana Rahimullah prepared suicide bombers in South Waziristan while Rehan also took part in the planning and ution phase of the attack.
October 20: Police arrested an over-ground worker of the HuM, identified as Jahangir Rasool Reshi, at Watin Chowgal in the Handwara area of Kupwara District. One Chinese pistol with magazine and nine rounds of pistol ammunition were recovered from his possession.
September 29: A Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) document said that there are at least 700 terrorists in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and 1350 terrorists in Pakistan waiting to infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC), before the winter. The terrorists are mostly hiding in camps across PoK, which are still thriving and breeding grounds for the terrorists, ready to infiltrate. The militants belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM).
June 10: Two militants of the HuM, including the self styled deputy chief of operations of the outfit, were killed in an encounter with the SFs in the Sopore town of Baramulla District. A Police spokesman said in Srinagar that the SFs launched an operation at Dangerpora in Sopore following receipt of specific information about the presence of two top HuM militants in the area. In the ensuing encounter, both the militants, identified as Kalimullah alias Ali Sher, a resident of Pakistan and the ‘deputy chief of operations’ and his local aide Mumtaz Ahmad Parray, a resident of Pethseer in Sopore. Two AK-47 rifles, four AK magazines, two pouches and a dairy were recovered from the possession of the slain militants. The spokesman said Kalimullah was involved in the killing of Special Police Officer Fayaz Ahmad on May 31, 2009. He was also involved in a number of grenade attacks on the troops in Sopore in the recent times.
May 21: The Karachi Police arrested two suspected Al Qaeda militants and seized explosives and weapons from their possession. The Crime Investigation Department’s Superintendent of Police (SP), Fayyaz Khan said suspect Asim hailed from Swat and belonged to the HuM.
May 15: SFs arrested a 45-year old woman militant of the HuM from Sopore bus stand in Baramulla District and recovered three hand grenades and INR 50,000 in cash from her possession. She has been identified as Naseema, wife of Bashir Ahmad, a resident of New Colony in Sopore town.
March 13: Police arrested a militant of the HuM outfit, identified as Sarafaraz Ahmad, from the Sopore area of Baramulla District. A Police spokesman said one hand grenade and 12 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from his possession.
January 2: Two HuM militants, including a foreigner, were killed in an encounter with the SFs in the Sopore area of Baramulla District. While one of the slain militants was identified as Bashir Ahmad Malla, a local militant, the other militant was believed to be a foreigner whose identity was being ascertained. Two AK rifles were recovered from their possession.