Hizbul Mujahideen Appoints New Operational Commander
16 January 2004
News Network International
Islamabad: The Hizbul Mujahideen has appointed Ghazi Shahabuddin as new Chief Operations Commander in occupied Kashmir after the killing of Operations Commander Gazi Nassiruddin and commander Fayyaz Ahmad Dar alias Abid, the Hizb spokesman said here. Spokesman Saleem Hashmi said Chief Operations Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and commander Fayyaz were killed in a gunbattle with Indian Army at Zaiote on Friday. Nassiruddin, whose real name is Ghulam Rasool Dar, was the second in command of the outfit after Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin. 'The Hizb commanders bravely countered the Indian army and embraced martyrdom,' Hashmi told . He said some agents provided information to the occupation forces about the whereabouts of the commanders. 'Ghayeba nimaz-e-Janaza' of the slain commanders will be offered in Muzaffarabad on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. Meanwhile reports from occupied Kashmir suggest that elsewhere in the Valley, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was on Friday taken into preventive custody along with two of his associates at Soura on Srinagar outskirts in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Geelani, who was scheduled to address a Friday congregation at the Shrine of Janab Sahib Soura, was detained by police outside skims hospital while he was on his way to the shrine, the report said. The three were later moved to Soura police station, they said.