Dreaded militant Yasin Pathan killed
9 September 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Even as security forces today claimed to have killed top wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Yasin Pathan, suspected militants have gunned down an auto driver in Srinagar as also a fruit vendor in Bandipore. Informed sources told the EXCELSIOR that two unidentified gunmen, believed to be militants, appeared at Main Chowk in Bandipore this afternoon and they opened fire on 50-year-old fruit vendor Farooq Ahmed Deethu S-o Abdul Ahad Deethu R-o Nopora, Bandipore. Farooq as well as a civilian, who was buying fruit, namely Aijaz Ahmed Pandit S-o Mohammad Shafi Pandit R-o Nopora, sustained critical injuries. Both were rushed to a Srinagar hospital. However, Farooq died on way to hospital. Sources said that Aijaz was under treatment. Last evening, suspected militants had gunned down an auto-driver, namely Bilal Ahmed Malik of Sonwar alias Mitha, in the high security zone of Sonwar. A local girl, Saima, sustained injuries in the shootout. Sources said that Bilal Ahmed Malik had handed over a Pakistani militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba to Army a day after a suicide attack on Indira Nagar Telephone Exchange in 2004. The auto-driver had been stopped on gun point and asked to carry the militant out of the disturbed area in Sonwar. However, Malik had driven straight to the Army camp and handed over the militant to security forces. Militants' striking on their target in a high security zone, just outside Army's 15 Corps headquarters, has obviously muffled feathers in security agencies. Sources said that, over a specific information, troops of RR 44 Bn and BSF 71 Bn conducted a search operation at Dunaro in Kellar belt of Pulwama district. During the operation, militants opened fire and made unsuccessful attempts to escape. Troops retaliated and shot dead a Pakistani militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba. He was later identified as Yasin Pathan of Waziristan, Pakistan. Sources said that Yasin Pathan was one among the four top wanted militants and close associates of Hizbul Mujahideen 'Chief Commander Operations' Shehnawaz alias Misbah-ud-din. Three of Gazi Misbah-ud-din's close associates, namely Adil Pathan, Sarfaraz Hussain alias Qasim of Rajouri and Muslim Zarrar of Pakistan have already been eliminated by J&K Police. Sources said that Yasin Pathan, a resident of Waziristan, had functioned as a key militant commander in Kashmir. According to Police, he was wanted in several cases of civilian killings as also the murder of Sub Inspector Ghulam Mohiuddin at his home in Dyaroo village of Pulwama. Sources said that the dreaded Pakistani militant had married a Shopian girl, Shaheena D-o Abdul Hameed Dar R-o Urpora Nagbal. His first son, Aasim, was born in February this year.