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Big role of mercenaries in J&K insurgency - The Observer

Srinand Jha ()
January 4, 1999

Title: Big role of mercenaries in J&K insurgency
Author: Srinand Jha
Publication: The Observer
Date: January 4, 1999

Foreign mercenaries - including professional killers from
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sudan - are overtly involved in
fueling insurgency and subversion tactics in Jammu' and Kashmir,
and intense efforts have been initiated to push through
additional groups of trained militants from Pakistan, available
reports with the Home Ministry said.

According to Intelligence reports, of the estimated 3,000
militants in the State, nearly half comprise foreign mercenaries
and their number is growing by the day.

As per statistics available with the Home Ministry, the Border
Security Force (BSF) alone apprehended 33 foreign mercenaries
and killed 162 during the eight-year period between 1990 and
August 1998, a majority of these were Pakistanis and Afghans.

Of the total militants apprehended between 1990 and 1998 by the
BSF, 23 were Pakistanis and citizens of Pakistan Occupied
Kashmir (POK), seven were Afghans and three in the 'others'
category, including Sudanese.

Of the foreign mercenaries killed in security action, a total of
73 were residents belonged to POK/Pakistan, 50 were Afghans and
39 in the 'others' category.

The foreign mercenaries apprehended as well as killed during the
period included Pakistani national Abdul Mattein, nabbed on May
5, 1997 at Srinagar.

A resident of Mirpur Mathello in the Sakkhar area of the Sindh
district of Pakistan, Mattein had been functioning as the deputy
district commander of the Harkat-ul-Ansar in the Pehalgam area
of Jammu and Kashmir. He admitted during interrogations by the
security forces that he was among those involved in two bomb
blast incidents in India - the February 1996 blast at Modinagar
in Uttar Pradesh and the January 26, 1996 blast at Jaipur in
Rajasthan.

Another prominent foreign terrorist was Illyas Parvez Ahmed. An
original inhabitant of Sindh (Pakistan), who was killed in 1997
in an encounter with the security forces, Ahmed had been
functioning as the deputy chief of the Harkat-ul-Ansar (Kashmir
operations).

A Kashmiri local called Mohammed Aslam was also nabbed along
with Illyas Parvez Ahmed. Mohammed Aslam had been functioning
as one of the financiers of the Harkat-ul-Ansar and was a
Pakistan Trained Militant (PTM). During interrogations,
Mohammed Aslam admitted that the Taliban militia in Afghanistan
had plans to induct Mujhadeens (fighters) into the Kashmir
Valley, but were at that time not being able to do so because of
their heavy commitments in Afghanistan.

Another prominent Pakistani terrorist was Mohammed Arif, an
original resident of Karachi, who was nabbed by the security
forces in 1995 on the Indo-Bangladesh border while attempting to
cross over into Bangladesh.

He was coming from the Doda region in Jammu in the garb of the
moulvi. Mohammed Arif had also obtained a certificate from the
mosque of Nizamuddin Auliya to certify that he was a preacher.
He then went to the Indo-Nepal border and then procured a guide,
who took him to the Indo-Bangla border. The guide was also
apprehended along with him.

The first big catch for the security forces had evidently come
in September 1993 when Pakistani national and Harkat-e-Jehad-e-
Islami chief Nasrullah Langryal was nabbed 1993 at Anantnag,
along with three other Pakistani nationals.

Certain others in the category have included Pakistani national
Mohammed Sayeed, nabbed by the security forces in September 1998
and lodged at the Jammu jail. Sayeed fled in a daring jailbreak
incident, along with two of his compatriots in September-end.
The escape was reportedly made possible because of the alleged
connivance of the jail officials.

The Intelligence list of foreign militants apprehended as well
as killed has a substantial number in the 'unidentified
category' - with the security officials asserting that it was
often difficult to identify all the militants killed.

This apart, a large number of foreign mercenaries are known to
have adopted pseudonyms and have given false names, addresses
during interrogations.


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