Pak floats new indigenous militant outfit 'JKM'

Pak floats new indigenous militant outfit 'JKM'

29 August 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU: After freezing of accounts and assets of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfits by United States, England and India, Pakistan has floated a new militant outfit 'Jammu Kashmir Movementí (JKM) to give the militancy an indigenous look. The outfit floated recently in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) mostly comprised the militants of two parts of divided State including Jammu and Kashmir and PoK and is headed by Gen Abdullah Shaheen, a veteran militant of about 40 years of age from Baramulla, Kashmir. This has been disclosed by Liaquat Hussain Shah, a founder member of JKM, who was captured by Army yesterday at forward village of Gontrian on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector. Shah sneaked into this side along with his wife, three children and a consignment of arms, ammunition and explosives. Official sources said during his sustained questioning by security agencies and police in last 24 hours, Shah, who was in PoK for last 11 years, said the JKM was floated in June this year coinciding with incidents of stone pelting and street protests in the Kashmir valley. One hundred militants-about 77 from Kashmir valley and rest from different parts of Jammu region-drawn mostly from PoK training camps have been inducted into JKM initially. In his first address to the JKM founder members, Gen Abdullah Shaheen, a top Kashmiri militant and a resident of Baramulla, who has switched over to the new outfit from Hizbul Mujahideen, is reported to have said that only local militants of J&K and PoK will be recruited in the outfit to give it a complete indigenous look. Shaheen had been to the Kashmir valley a couple of times before returning to PoK. He is among the top most militant commanders from Jammu and Kashmir, who were operating in Pakistan. Sources said in addition to give an indigenous look to the militant outfit, the Pakistan Army and ISIís idea behind floating the new outfit was also to escape sanctions imposed by some major countries against LeT, JeM and HM outfits. Shah is reported to have disclosed that he along with some other militants were fed up with Abdullah Shaheen as he was pressurizing them to cross over to Jammu and Kashmir and carry out subversive activities. Shah met a militantís guide, Sharief, putting up close to LoC opposite Kirni sector of Poonch few days back, who helped him in crossing the fence into Indian territory. Shah said Shaheen, who is called as the General, also used to tease his wife Khaleeda Begum of Surankote, who too returned with him along with three children named Shagufta, 8, Shahista, 4 and Saqib, 2. Police said Shah, his wife and children have been booked in Poonch police station under FIR No. 46-2010 under 2-3 I&EMCO Act. Shah has also been charged with 4-15 and 26-27 Arms Act. He was likely to be send to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC), Jammu in next couple of days.


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