Zargar to co-ordinate militant activities
8 September 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Pakistan is hell bent upon disrupting the forthcoming polls in Jammu and Kashmir in furtherance of this evil design has appointed Mushtaq Zargar, chief of Al-Umar Mujahideen, as the ''chief co-ordinator'' to carry out attacks on candidates and political parties. ''We have got concrete information about such a move where Zargar (one of the three militants released in exchange of passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999) will be co-ordinating the activities of Jaish- e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashker-e-Taiba, Al-Badr and Harkatul- ul-Mujahideen,'' says Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) K Rajendra. Rajendra, who was in capital to review the security arranegements for the ensuing polls, said there was a steady rise in political killings but efforts were underway to ensure that elections passed off peacefully. Stating that an effective plan had been chalked out to ensure safety of everyone during the polls, the senior police official said ''come whatsoever, even this time, the nefarious designs of Pakistan will be frustrated.'' Allaying fears of the polling staff coming from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, he said ''they should not feel threatened because an effective plan had been chalked out to ensure their safety. The moment they arrive here, they would be under a thick security cover and would also be provided bullet proof jackets and helmets.''