Militants Were Targetting Plots On City's Outskirts
16 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: It was not only Bantalab, Janipura or Subash Nagar, falling on outskirts of the City where slain 'divisional commander' of Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) Saifullah Qari had purchased a plot and created rented hide-outs but he along with Pakistani associate Zaffar Iqbal were also in the process of purchasing more plots in Lower Roop Nagar, Mishriwalla and Domana. Sustained interrogation of Zaffar Iqbal, who was arrested by police in an injured condition after an encounter at Hyderpora, Janipura last month in which Qari was killed, and his associate Master Mohd Javed, a Government teacher, revealed that the militants had called for more hawala money from Dawood, another Jaish commander, operating from Mendhar to purchase the plots and create permanent hide-outs for the Pakistani militants to step-up militant activities in the City. Official sources said the Jaish militants disclosed during their questioning that they had been asked by Dawood and his associates operating from Pakistan to create their hide-outs in Janipura-Roop Nagar-Domana belt instead of minority community dominated localities where their presence could be detected during searches by police. The militants had been asked to create permanent hide-outs by purchasing plots in the localities less prone to searches in the aftermath of terror attacks. Sources said Saifullah Qari and Zaffar Iqbal were in touch with three property dealers through Master Mohd Javed to purchase the plots, which were to be registered on the names of Master Javed, his brother Asif Khan and Rubeena Kousar, a local wife of Qari, all residents of Mendhar. At least two property dealers had been paid some amount in advance by Qari and Master Javed. The militants had asked the property dealers to identify the plots in isolated areas at Lower Roop Nagar and Domana within a fortnight. The militants intended to purchase the plots measuring 10 to 12 marlas. Sources said police was perturbed over the new strategy of militants to purchase plots and raise their own hide-outs on outskirts of the City especially in the areas which are less doubted by police. While purchasing plots to created hide-outs was the strategy of one module of Jaish busted by police, sources didn't rule out the possibility of some militants groups having already succeeded in creating their hide-outs at the land purchased on the names of their harbourers. Police was in the process of verifying credentials of plot holders in upcoming localities on outskirts of the City here, sources added.