In 25 years, over 100 Pakistan-based militants caught in J-K

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2015 02:56 IST

Mohammad Naveed Yakub, the militant who was caught in Udhampur on Wednesday, is not the first Pakistani national to have been captured in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the 25 years of conflict in the Kashmir Valley, more than 100 Pakistani nationals have been captured alive following attacks on security forces.

Police sources say more than 15 militants have been arrested in the state in the past five years. While Naveed is the second militant arrested in 2015, two militants were arrested in 2013.

More than 25 Pakistani militants are either undertrials or serving jail sentences while 54 foreign militants are still active in the Valley. Pakistani footprints in militancy in the Kashmir Valley have been established on several occasions in the past five years.

Jammu and Kashmir police arrested a Pakistani national — allegedly a militant of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) — Zubair Ahmed Mughal alias Amir Maviyah hailing from Karachi in January this year.

In March 2013, a Pakistani militant suspected to be an accomplice of the two militants who attacked CRPF personnel in Bemina locality of Srinagar was arrested. Police and special operations group (SOG) identified him as Riyaz Ahmad alias Abu Talha.

In May 2013, another militant — Naveed Balouch alias Fahdullah — was arrested from the Sopore area. Balouch belongs to Jahanabad in Multan, Pakistan.

Like Naveed, the Pakistani officials had initially disowned Balouch too. “They (Pakistani authorities) always disown militants publicly and later acknowledge them,” said a senior police official. Police sources say around 800 Pakistani militants have been killed in encounters in the state.

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