List of 21 most-wanted terrorists active in J&K; Army set to hunt them down

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Jammu: Days after the Centre revoked the month-long suspension of anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir, an exclusive list of at least 21 top Pakistan-backed terrorists active in the state have come to fore. According to Zee Media, the list of the most-wanted terrorists has been prepared by Army, which is now expected to launch a major offensive against terror outfits active in the state.

The list includes 11 terrorists from terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, seven from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), two from Jaish-e-Mohammed, one belonging to Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind and a lone terrorist linked to ISJK, who was killed by security forces on June 22, 2018.

Many among those whose name features in the list are A, A+ and A++ category terrorists and wanted in several terror-related incidents.

Here is the list of most-wanted terrorists

Hizbul Mujahideen -(11)

-Mohd Ashraf Khan alias Ashraf Moulvi, resident of Kokernag, Anantnag, Category – A+; Joined Hizbul on Sept 2016

-Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Altaf Kachroo, resident of Hawoora, Kulgam, Category – A++; Joined Hizb-ul in 2006; currently HM Division Commander in South Kashmir

-Mohd Abbas Sheikh, resident of Kaimuh, Kulgam; Category – A+, joined in March 2015,

-Umar Majeed Ganai, resident of Such, Kulgam, Category – A++, joined in Dec 2015

-Saifullah Mir, resident of Malangpur, Pulwama, Category – A, joined in October2014,, HM District Commander in Pulwama

-Zeenat-ul-Islam, resident of Sugan, Shopian, Category – A++, joined in Nov 2015

-Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo, resident of Tokun, Awantipur, Category – A++, joined in Dec 2012, HM Chief operational Commander Kashmir

-Latif Ahmad Dar alias Haroon, resident of Dogirpur, Awantipur, Category – A, joined in Oct 2014

-Umar Fayaz Lone, resident of Tral, Awantipur Category – A, joined in April 2016

-Manan Wani, ( AMU Research Scholar; resident of Kupwara; Category – B, joined in January 2018

-Junaid Ashraf Sehrai (son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Ashraf Sehrai ): Category – B, joined in March 2018.

Lashkar-e-Toiba (7)

-Abu Muslim, resident of Pakistan, operates in Hajan; Category – Foreign Terrorist / A+, joined in 2017, resident of Pakistan

-Abu Zargam alias Mohd Bha; resident of Pakistan, Operates in Hajan, Category – Foreign Terrorist / A+, joined in 2015, resident of Pakistan

-Azad Ahmad Malik alias Dada; resident of Malikpura, Bijbiara, Anantag, Category –A; joined in Dec 2016, LeT district commander in Anantnag

-Shakoor Ahmad Dar, resident of Tengpora, Kulgam Category – A+, joined in September 2016 , LeT District Commander Kulgam

-Mohd Naveed Jad, resident of Pakistan, operates in Pulwama, Category –FT / A+, joined in 2012

-Riyaz Ahmad Dar, resident of Sethargun, Pulwama , Category – A , joined in July 2015

-Mustaq Ahmad Mir, resident of Chak Cholan, Shopian Category – A++; joined in June 2014

Jaish-e-Mohammed (2)

-Zahid Ahmad Wani, resident of Karimabad, Pulwama, joined in June 2017

-Mudasir Ahmad Khan, resident of Midur, Awantipur, joined in January 2018

Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (1)

-Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, resident of Tral, Awantipur, Category – A++, joined in July 2013; AGH Commander

ISJK (1) (killed on June 22, 2018)

-Dawood Ahmad Sofi alias Danish, resident of HMT Srinagar; Category – A++, joined in August 2016, Chief of ISJK

It is to be noted that in a significant development, the ruling BJP at the Centre ended its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP and pulled out of the joint coalition government in J&K.

The BJP was reportedly upset with PDP government s soft posturing for separatists and its insistence of extending the suspension of anti-terror operations which was in force during the holy month of Ramzan.

The Centre’s move to suspend military operations was a goodwill gesture but the same was not reciprocated by the Pakistan-inclined terror groups and their sympathisers.

The suspension of military operations in J&K was also seen with criticism as there was no decline in terror attacks, infiltration attempts and cross-border firing from Pakistan.

What came as a major blow to the PDP-BJP ties was the cold-blooded killing of the Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari and army riflemen Aurangzeb, which saw the opposition launching a barrage of attack on the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime at the Centre.

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