Pak backed Jaish-i-Mohammed planning to spread mayhem

Last Updated: Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 00:00

Pakistan-backed newly formed
umbrella mercenary group Jaish-i-Mohammad is reportedly
forming ultra-secretive smaller five-member cells mostly in
northern Kashmir to cause mayhem in urban areas, reports
reaching New Delhi said.

Patterned after Lashkar-E-Toiba's Fedayeen group, the
Jaish-i-Mohammad's cells are being concentrated in Hizbul
Mujahideen dominated areas of Sopore, Baramullah, Kupwara,
Handwara and Bandipora.

The Jaish-i-Mohammad umbrella group is headed by Maulana
Azhar Masood, who was one of the three militants released in
exchange for passseners of the hijacked Indian airlines plane
to Kandahar.

According to the reports, the groups are so secretive
that one cell is not aware of the identity or the operations
of the other cell. These groups have been formed to carry out
rapid hit-and-run attacks.

The Jaish-i-Mohammad group has been formed by remnants of the banned Harkat-ul-Ansar, who have merged with other groups
like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen and
Harkat-e-Jehad-Islami with the Pakistan Army reportedly
loaning them some special service group commandos and
ex-servicemen.


The Pakistani army through Jaish-i-Mohammad is also
trying to revive dreaded outfits like Al-Umar Mujahideen and
Al Fateh in Srinagar city. However, the other major mercenary
group Lashkar-e-Toiba is staying aloof from the umbrella
grouping.


Report: Zeenext Bureau



First Published: Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 00:00
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