September 2003 News

BSF Ends Confusion Over Ghazi Identity

1 September 2003
The Asian Age

New Delhi: The Border Security Force on Monday finally put an end to speculation over the identity of the body of Jaish-e-Mohammed commander-in-chief in Kashmir, Ghazi Baba, claiming that the force has got an 'intercepted message' from the deceased's associate which proved his death in the encounter in Srinagar on August 30. Addressing a press conference here, BSF chief Ajai Raj Sharma claimed that the force had also got an 'identity card' of Shabaz Khan alias Ghazi Baba showing his association with the JeM as its operational chief. Mr Sharma later issued copies of the 'identity card' and the text of the 'intercepted message' which, according to his claim, was received and recorded by the force at 8.20 pm on August 31. He earlier read out the message before the media, claiming that the 'intercepted message' had originated from Code-3 i.e. senior convenor of the JeM of Pakistan in which they (militants) clearly brought out that Ghazi Baba and Rashid Bhai have become martyrs and called upon all ranks of the JeM and other militant outfits to pray for them. According to the text of the 'intercepted message,' the orator claimed to have said, 'Our beloved commander Ghazi Baba and his deputy have left... May god accept their sacrifice.'


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