Srinagar, August 11: As per the information provided by the security agencies working in the valley, more than 50 militants from Pakistan and Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK) are active in Kashmir from last 10 years.
The police have revealed that 44 foreign militants are based in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, 10 are active in central and south Kashmir. The foreign militants active in North Kashmir are hiding in dense forests of Rajwar, Yimberzelwari, Lolab and their operations are limited to certain areas of Kupwara and its neighbouring Handwara.
While the foreign militants active in south Kashmir have been a headache for the security agencies over the years. These militants have masterminded and executed many deadly attacks not only in south Kashmir and also in Srinagar.
Also, Sources have revealed following information of the top four foreign militants active in Kashmir.
Abdul Rehman, alias Abu Qasim (Age: 29-32 years)
Top most Pakistani commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Kashmir Abu Qasim’s name surfaced after the recent Udhampur attack. Qasim has masterminded many attacks in Kashmir in the last five years and the most deadly being the attack on an Army convoy in Srinagar in 2013 which left eight soldiers dead. Qasim is among ‘the most wanted’.
Qasim, who has been on the run, has set up base in central and south Kashmir.
The Police term Qasim as a very sharp militant who has escaped security dragnet at least half a dozen times, the recent being in Pulwama where a top local militant was killed.
Abu Dujana (Age: 23-25 years)
Abu Dujana is the deputy of Abu Qasim and has been active since the last four years. He is believed to be hailing from Gilgit-Baltistan. Dujana has also been part of most of the attacks on security forces in south Kashmir. His name had also come up during the questioning of captured Pakistani militant Naveed. Dujana had also received the group of militants of which Naveed was a part of and ensured their travel from Kashmir to Udhampur. Dujana mostly operates in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Adeel Pathan (35)
Adeel has been heading the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar, who was one of the three militants released during the 1999 Kandahar hijacking. Jaish footprint has diminished in Kashmir since as it was banned by Pakistan. Adeel has been operating in upper reaches of militancy-infested Tral in south Kashmir.
After infiltrating in 2013, the police said, Adeel was heading a group of 10 militants in Kupwara district. But he shifted base to Tral last year after most of the members of his group, mostly Pakistan nationals, were killed in various gunfights in the frontier district. “Adeel also aids coordination between Jaish-e-Mohammad cadre and Kashmir’s oldest militant group Hizbul Mujahideen in Tral and some other parts of south Kashmir,” a senior police officer said.
Chota Burmi (25)
He is Adeel Pathan’s deputy. Though hailing from Pakistan, he has been nicknamed Burmi for his looks. Burmi, who shifted from Kupwara district to Tral along with Adeel, is believed to be working in close coordination with local Hizbul Mujahideen cadre in Tral.