Who was Abdul Qayoom Najar?

Laverne Mann
September 27, 2017

In another boost for the security forces, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Qayoom Najar was today killed in an encounter near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector.

The police recovered arms and ammunition, apart from Pakistan currency notes near Najar's body.

Najar, also known as Jan Sahib and Ishfaq, was a resident of Mumkak in Sopore, and had joined the militancy in 1999. He carried Rs 10 lakh bounty on his head.

Najar joined terror ranks at the age of 16.

Another police official said that Najar was trying to infiltrate into Kashmir from Pakistan side. He entered the limelight after he allegedly formed his own Lashkar-e-Islam which carried out series of attacks on mobile towers and killed several former terrorists and Hurriyat activists for their alleged links with security forces in Sopore and its adjacent villages. According to an intelligence officer, Qayoom changed his appearance by using wigs and impersonation to deceive the security agencies. He further said that the killed terrorist had exfiltrated to Pakistan in 2015.

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Najar was a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was expelled by outfit's chief Syed Salahuddin for playing a key role in murdering innocent persons in the Valley. He was arrested in 1992 and became an active militant again on his release in 1995.

The killed terrorist has been identified as Abdul Qayoom Najar.

"This is one of the issues of the discord between Hizb leadership and Najar".

The officials say that Najar didn't like intervention from Hurriyat leaders in militancy as he felt his writ was being challenged by the separatist leadership.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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