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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) is one of the most important terrorist outfits in terms of its effectiveness in perpetrating violence across the J&K at regular intervals. The HM came into being in the Kashmir Valley in September 1989 with Master Ahsan Dar as its chief. Dar was later arrested by security forces in mid-December 1993. It was reportedly formed as the militant wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), an Islamist Organization. 


Headquartered at Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen with an estimated cadre strength of at least 1500, is presently headed by Syed Salahuddin. The HM has its own news agency, Kashmir Press International, and a women's wing, Banat-ul-Islam. The Hizb reportedly has a substantial support base in the Kashmir Valley and in the Doda, Rajouri, Poonch districts and parts of Udhampur district in the Jammu region.

The HM is closely linked to the Jamaat-e-Islami, both in the Kashmir Valley and in Pakistan. It is allegedly backed by Ghulam Nabi Fai's Kashmir American Council and Ayub Thakur's World Kashmir Freedom Movement in the USA. Early in its history, the Hizb had established contacts with Afghan Mujahideen groups such as Hizb-e-Islami, under which some of its cadre is alleged to have received arms training.

The HM is reported to have a close association with the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence and the United Jehad Council, and other terrorist organizations operating out of Pakistan. Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin also heads the UJC.



With around 1,500 militants "active" in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army is closely watching whether General Pervez Musharraf will counter-balance his crackdown on jehadis on Pakistan's western front by boosting support to militancy in India. (Army Keeps Watch On Fallout Of Pak Emergency In J&k, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

The Iraq War and subsequent events in the region, including the war in Lebanon and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have significantly altered the distribution of power and calculations of governments in the region. (Continued Instability In West Asia, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 06, 2007)

THE proclamation of emergency rule by President Gen Pervez Musharraf, who seems to have lost the plot, is in effect a throwback to authoritarianism, which will unquestionably have wide-ranging consequences for Pakistan — hemmed in by. . . (Ramifications Of Emergency, Dawn, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 06, 2007)

Four militants, including two top cadres of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizb-ul Mujahideen, were killed on Sunday in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. (Two Top Militant Commanders Killed, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Even as the state police department has come across links of some big business houses of Maharashtra with some militant groups of the state, the local police today busted an inter-state gang involved in providing financial support . . . . . (Gang Supplying Money To Militants Busted , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

At the risk of sounding facile, I would hazard the suggestion that while the political class has discounted the India-US nuclear non-agreement, the middle classes have become bored silly by the prevarication and brinkmanship surrounding it. (Wages Of Zombie Rule, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

In April 1972, while walking aimlessly down Free School Street, a friend and I chanced upon a hawker selling forms that would enable travel between the newly-liberated Bangladesh and India. (Cautionary Tale, Telegraph, Swapan Dasgupta, Nov 02, 2007)

Chatroo town observed bandh on the third consecutive day on the call given by the militant outfits and tension flared up in Kishtwar when youths shouted provocative slogans when body of the slain militant Maulvi Fayaz was brought to his . . . . (Militant-Called Bandh In Chatroo , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

One more Hizbul Mujahideen militant today surrendered before the security forces. (Another Hizbul Militant Surrenders , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)

Security forces this morning eliminated two Hizbul Mujahideen militants near the Chatroo area of Kishtwar district. (Two Hizbul Militants Killed , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

As a majority of local youths, engaged in blood and destruction, have been desperately trying to lay down their arms, foreign mercenaries are creating hurdles in their surrender. (Youths Willing To Surrender: Militant , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

An expression of U.S. hostility towards us, says Tehran (Sanctions Doomed To Fail: Iran, Hindu, Atul Aneja , Oct 27, 2007)

In a damage-control exercise, the Crime Investigation Department has reportedly asked the family of a hardcore militant travelling to India to leave the country. The security and intelligence agencies had cleared their visit to India. (Militant’S Family Told To Leave India , Tribune, Shariq Majeed, Oct 25, 2007)

Imagine ballroom dancers who both think their partner is preparing to stick a dagger into their back, and you have a good idea of where India-Pakistan dialogue on terrorism stands. (A Difficult Dialogue, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Oct 25, 2007)

The United Jihad Council is desperate to join in the political dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir’s future, but it may be too late. (Signals From Ceasfire, Frontline, PRAVEEN SWAMI, Oct 24, 2007)

Israel is under siege: From Iranians building a nuclear bomb to Syrians stockpiling chemical weapons, and Hizbullah and Hamas attacking from Lebanon and Gaza (Zionism's Bleak Present, Pioneer, Daniel Pipes, Oct 16, 2007)

Former Hizb commander ponders lessons of collapsed 2000-2001 peace effort Sees no point in harbouring resentments against the dead “It’s never too late to talk peace. We all have no choice” (Kashmir Ceasefire: Remembering Failure, Hindu, PRAVEEN SWAMI, Oct 13, 2007)

Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami cell may have executed bombing Explosive devices used at Ajmer shrine closely resemble those placed in Mecca Masjid In both places, bombs were designed to be triggered by mobile phone’s alarm clock (Ajmer Probe Throws Up Hyderabad Links, Hindu, PRAVEEN SWAMI, Oct 13, 2007)

The mysterious blast inside an Army camp in north Kashmir on Thursday, for which Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed credit, indicates that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir with regard to terrorism remains unchanged. (Terrorism In J&k, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 13, 2007)

At least seven persons, including six Army jawans and a civilian, were killed and eight injured when an LPG cylinder exploded inside an Army camp at Hamray in the Pattan area of Baramula district today. (6 Army Jawans Killed In Blast , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 12, 2007)


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