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Hizb loses former ‘Wazeer’

Srinagar, It was July 2015. A series of blasts rocked the capital city Srinagar. Although Kashmir has witnessed many such days when a series of blasts rocked the valley, however, what was peculiar about the July 2015 blasts was that the targets were base tower stations and mobile showrooms.

First the office of Vodafone showroom at Karan Nagar, within minutes, Aircel showroom in the vicinity and later a mobile tower at Shaheed Gunj injuring two civilians.

A few days ahead of the attack, a newly formed militant group Lashkar-e-Islam had threatened mobile tower owners and mobile companies to close their businesses.

The man behind Lashkar-e-Islam was then 41-year-old, Abdul Qayoom Najar who had been expelled by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.

Salahuddin blamed Najar for murdering innocent persons and indulging in character assassination of Hurriyat leaders and attacks on the telecommunication set-up in the Valley.

Najar was gunned down on LoC in Uri on Tuesday while, according to police, he was trying to infiltrate into Kashmir.

Abdul Qayoom Najar alias Janshab, Abid, Wazeer and Qayoom chacha was the son of Abdul Ahad Najar of Batpora Sopore.

Born in October 1976, Najar did not complete his matriculation and rather chose carpentry.

A committed member of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, for more than 12 years, he rose to the position of operational chief of the outfit, before he quit and formed Lashkar-e-Islam.

Najar, according to police sources, is believed to have executed Abdul Majid Dar, ex-chief commander of HM after the later entered into peace talks with the govt of India.

Besides, a police dossier said that Najar was involved in a number of militant activities including killings of police personnel, Hurriyat activists, ex-militants and threatening trade and business leaders during 2010 unrest.

The longest surviving militant, Najar joined militancy barely at an age of 16. He was arrested in 1992 and later released. After his release, he plunged into militancy again in 1995.

A police official said that Najar was conducting the operations of Hizb in central and northern Kashmir since 2006 and had evolved a huge overground workers network

Najar is believed to have adopted a different operational module, besides having expertise in topography of the area, he operated in.

He would change his appearance and gave tough time to police.

A specialist in carrying out attacks, preparing and planting of IEDs, Najar was known as the very close aide of Salahudin.  “He would conduct attacks and then go into hiding for months together,” a senior police official said.

Police, today after his killing, said that Najar was on way to join Hizb and lead its valley based operations.

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