Srinagar: Did an al-Qaeda operative made his
way into Jammu and Kashmir soon after the 9/11 attacks in the
If the records of Jammu and Kashmir Government are to be
believed, a member of the internationally banned terror outfit
was arrested in the state three months after the strikes in
the United States nine years ago.
Records of the state Home Department submitted in the
Assembly maintain that Qamar Ayoub, a Pakistani national, was
an al-Qaeda trained terrorist and also affiliated with
Harkat-ul-Ansar militant group.
Ayoub was arrested on December 23, 2001 and is currently
lodged at the District Jail in Sangroor in Punjab.
The alleged al-Qaeda operative had crossed the Line of
Control into Kashmir. He was arrested with one rifle and
several grenades were also recovered from him.
As per the records, Ayoub was involved in two attacks
against security forces. He was granted a consular access in
October 2005, when he was lodged in Central Jail Amritsar.
Ayoub is among 51 Pakistani and Afghan militants who were
arrested from the state over the last 20 years and are serving
the detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
As many as 14 of these militants belong to
Lashkar-e-Toiba, a group which is blamed for the 26/11 attacks
Eleven militants belong to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and nine
belong to Tehreek-e-Jehad-i-Islami (TJI). Seven arrested TJI
militants are from Afghanistan`s Mazar-e-Shareif province.
One Lashkar militant, identified as Shahzad Khan alias
Captain Abdullah Umar, is a discharged Pakistani Air Force
captain who had taken part in the Kargil war in 1999.
Khan, who is a recipient of "Tamgay Jurat" (Bravery
Medal), was arrested in August 2008 from Rajbagh area of the
city and is lodged at Hiranagar Sub-jail.