LeT Commanderís killing a major blow to terrorist outfits in J&K: Army
30 April 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: The recent elimination of Abu Kasha alias Bashir Ahmed Khan a dreaded terrorist and commander of Lashkar- e-Toiba (LeT) by the security forces is a major blow not only to his own outfit but to the hierarchy of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. The killing of this dreaded terrorist who belonged to Okara, Pakistan at a juncture when the militant outfits were joining hands to coordinate their activities to disturb the Lok Sabha elections is a big success for the security forces also. Commenting on the elimination of Abu Kasha a defense spokesman termed it a string of success against the hierarchy of LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed and HM in which several top leaders of these outlawed outfits have been eliminated. He said the killing has led to great demoralization and disruption among the terrorist outfits in J&K. They are so demoralized that junior commanders are outrightly refusing to function as senior commanders despite the insistence of their mentors across the border. The spokesman said the LeT Commander was operating as Janoobi Commander from Jammu and was responsible for planning and coordinating terrorist actions against important political leaders, civilians as well as security forces personnel and installations in various parts of the country. He said in view of severe losses suffered by terrorists organizations in the recent past and considerable decrease in infiltration from Pakistan, Abu Khasa was shifted to the Valley as the Regional Operational Coordinator to coordinate terrorists actions of Jehadi outfits in the entire Valley, especially in the wake of the Parliamentary elections. He said this dreaded terrorist was responsible for numerous Fidayeen attacks in different places around the country. He had a narrow escape on March 27 in an encounter in Anantnag with security forces where two of his associates were eliminated. But Abu Kasha was able to escape from the encounter site, the spokesman added. The spokesman said, after this incident the terrorist kept moving frequently to avoid detection. Abu Kasha had earlier created a scare amongst advocates in J&K when he accused them of not being appropriately inclined towards the welfare of the foreign terrorists. The spokesman said Abu Kasha is reported to have graduated from the Ad Dawah Science College, Murdke in Pakistan an institution being run by the Lashkar chief, Mohammed Hafeez Sayeed. He was responsible for having incited a very large number of youth to join Jehadi outfits. He was reported to be a Gazi (veteran) who had been employed as one of the trainers at Muzaffarabad Training Centre of LeT called the Um Al Qura Camp. The spokesman said the movement of Abu Kasha was monitored from the time he left Jammu for carrying out attacks to disrupt the political process in the Valley. On information of a meeting of some senior LeT terrorist commanders,a hide-out in Malpur Hajan was raided by security forces and the search of the area led to the recovery of weapons and war like stores as well some clues in the letter addressed to Abu Kasha. The terrorist was consequently cornered near Jhelim River close to Malru-Shalateng in Pampore in early hours of April 14. And in the fierce encounter that lasted for an hour,Abu Kasha was eliminated and a big cache of arms and ammunition recovered. The spokesman further said that the documents recovered from the slain terrorist revealed the intentions and plans of his outfit to spread terror not only in J&K but across the country including Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The slain terrorist had also plans to carry out some major terrorist acts in the near future as he had recently issued some statements and threatened the people to boycott the elections or face the consequences, the spokesman added. The spokesman said elimination of a large number of senior commanders of various terrorist outfits in the recent months has dealt a severe blow to their outfits operating in J&K.