JK: Top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist gunned down by security forces

Dora Pope
September 28, 2017

A year before the killing of Hizbul Mujahadeen commander Burhan Wani blew a storm in Kashmir, Qayoom Najar, one of the most experienced militants operating in the Valley, had rattled the security agencies.

The police official said that Najar was killed as security forces foiled an infiltration bid in Lachipora area near the LoC this morning as he was trying to infiltrate into Kashmir from Pakistan side.

In the summer of 2015, Najar had formed Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) outfit after differences cropped up between Hizbul commanders in PoK and him.

Najar, alias Jasahib alias Ishfaq, a "commander" of the terror outfit, was coming to "take over" charge of its operations in the Valley, a police officer said.

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"His return was also necessitated because of the Hizb being wiped out from north Kashmir", the police added. Three hours later, a mobile tower in the city was attacked, injuring two civilians. Najar had exfiltrated into Pakistan in 2015.

Posters like these started appearing in Sopore town in 2015, after the attacks on the telecom operators. "He was responsible for killing several policemen and civilians", deputy inspector general of police Nitish Kumar said. "We should be thankful to our Army", the SSP said. Najar was tasked with reviving the outfit in Kashmir in the wake of elimination of top militants, he said.

He rose through the ranks of terrorists after 2003 following the killing of the then Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Commander Abdul Majid Dar, who had entered into a dialogue process with the Government of India. According to an intelligence officer, Qayoom changed his appearance by using wigs and impersonation to deceive the security agencies. He was already heading a huge network in Sopore, Palhallan and in areas of Bandipora and Baramulla. After his release, Qayoom allegedly reentered militancy and was an active terrorist. His group included terrorists from Pattan, Baramulla and Handwara in north Kashmir. Baramulla SSP Imtiaz Hussain termed it a significant achievement for the forces as the 44-year-old had been an active militant for 18 years.

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