|Afghan forces intercept Taliban fighters, find Jaish terrorists training for Kashmir|
|[hindustantimes] A chance discovery of global terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed cadres in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Monday night has confirmed the assessment of Indian intelligence agencies that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence had resumed training a select groups of terrorists for Kashmir in war-torn Afghanistan, |
Tip from Indian Intel?
The Afghan forces had carried out a raid in Nangarhar’s Muhmand Dara
One Jaish terrorist survived the gunfight and was captured.
Hindustan Times has accessed photographs and video footage of the clash. One of these photographs shows some of the weapons seized by the Afghan security forces from the camp: 2 mortar launchers, one rocket-propelled grenade and 2 AK series rifles.
Maulana Masood Azhar, who has been on India’s most wanted list for years, is incapacitated due to health issues and lives in the terror group’s headquarters, Markaz-e-Usman-o-Ali in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur.
His younger brother Mufti Rauf Asghar is the man running the Jaish ‘s terror show.
Intelligence reports indicate that the Jaish’s de facto chief Mufti Rauf Asghar’s son Wali Azhar is also being trained in these camps that are headed by former Afghan war and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen veteran Mufti Asghar Kashmiri. His second-in-command at these camps is the Jaish’s Kashmir infiltration specialist Abdullah aka Asadullah.
“We have photographic evidence that places Kashmiri and Abdullah at the terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” one official told HT.
According to information shared with India’s security planners, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir residents Yasin, Umar, Said and Mansoor along with Bahawalpur-based chief trainer Chacha Wagah, Junaid and Qari Sahab were present in the camp along with Kashmiri and Abdullah as late as March 29.
The total strength of Khogyani I camp is 23 cadres and seven instructors, while the number of cadres in Khogyani II and Dargah camps number 66 excluding trainers and logistics staff.
The radicalised cadre are being given a 15-day normal training after which they have to clear the six-month “Jundullah (commando)” training course before being launched into J&K. These cadres are also being given jungle survival training in Kunar reserve near Nuristan border.
Miniature replicas of the areas around their launch pads at Neelum, Sharda, Kel, Athmuqam, Leepa, Kotli and Forward Kahuta across the Line of Control (LOC) have been created for briefing them about infiltration into J&K.
Already, intelligence agencies have reported that the Pakistan terror groups had prepped to send about 230 terrorists across the Line of Control.
Indian national security planners are also watching with some anxiety the emerging big picture in Afghanistan with the US on the verge of withdrawal and Taliban all set to fight it out with the Ashraf Ghani regime for the seat in Kabul.
It is quite evident that once the Taliban gain control of Kabul, Pakistan would acquire strategic depth through Afghanistan and use the soil to launch terror strikes against India, a counter-terror operative in Delhi said.
|Prominent Taliban commander Mawlavi Jundullah and his 18 fighters killed in Faryab|
|[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed a prominent commander Mawlavi Junudullah during an operation in northern Faryab province.|
The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces conducted an operation against a Taliban hideout in Kolian area of Bulchiragh district.
The statement further added that the security forces killed Mawlavi Jundullah, one of the prominent commanders of Taliban during the raid.
Furthermore, the Special Forces also killed 18 fighters of Jundullah during the same operations.
The Special Operations Corps also added that the security forces also 9 Talibs during the raid.
The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
|‘Militant held for bank heists, murders’ claims he joined Jundullah to fight ethnic party|
|[DAWN] A suspectedJundullah claimed that he had joined the outfit because of the workers of an "ethnic" party, who collected protection money from area shopkeepers and had beaten him up several times, it emerged on Friday. linked with banned |
The suspect, Mohammad Ishaq alias Gul, was at the Cantonment Railway Station a day before by the Counter-Terrorism Department.
|Suspected Jundullah militant arrested from Karachi|
|[DAWN] Police's Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) on Thursday said it has Jundullah, which allegedly orchestrated major acts of terrorism, bank robberies, kidnappings and killings in post-9/11. a suspected linked with banned outfit |
The CTD, acting on a tip-off, detained Mohammed Ishaq alias Gul as he arrived at Cantt Railway Station from Sukkur, said officer in-charge Transnational Terrorism Intelligence Group (TTIG), Raja Umar Khattab, who described the detained suspect as an "extremely wanted belonging to Jundullah".
The CTD officials said that they have seized one "ready" suicide jacket and two hand grenades from Ishaq.
The , according to police, had joined Jundullah in 2006 before leaving for Afghanistan two years later where he received his training. He reportedly returned to recently before making his way to Sindh.
|Iran demands Pak acts ‘decisively against terrorists’ after Feb attack|
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has demanded Pakistain act "decisively against anti-Iranian terrorists" in a phone call with the country’s premier, Tehran said, a month after a bloody attack on security forces.
Iran says a Pak was behind the February 13 attack that killed 27 Revolutionary Guards in its volatile southeastern province of Sistan- A Sunni jihadist group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice),
Iran has accused Pakistain’s army and intelligence agency of sheltering the jihadists and summoned the country’s ambassador in the wake of the attack.
In the phone conversation Saturday evening with Pak Prime Minister , Rouhani called to maintain good ties and pointed the finger of blame at Tehran’s traditional regional and international foes.
"We shouldn’t allow decades of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries be affected by terrorist groupuscules that we both know from where they are being armed and financed," Rouhani said, according to a government statement.
The Iranian president was alluding to the United States and Israel, as well as and the United Arab Emirates, which it accuses of aiding jihadist groups responsible for attacks from Pak soil.
February’s bombing was the latest of numerous attacks on Iran’s security forces and officials in Sistan-Balochistan, where the minority Sunni Baluchis accuse the authorities of discrimination.
|Suicide attack kills 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard|
|[France24] A suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, state media said, in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country’s Sunni Muslim minority.|
The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice),
The heavy losses among Iran’s premier military force prompted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander to issue a warning to the country’s foes.
"Our response in defence of the Islamic Revolution will not be limited to our borders," Ali Fadavi was quoted as saying by Fars.
"The enemies will receive a very firm response from the Revolutionary Guards like before." He did not specify which enemies or what actions Tehran would take.
In the past Iran has accused its regional rival, Sunni Arab Saudi Arabia, of supporting Sunni separatist groups who have attacked its security forces. Riyadh has denied the charges.
Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down on them.
A suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives attacked a bus transporting members of the Guards, the force said in a statement. Thirteen people were wounded.
|Yemen-based entity put on list of banned organisations|
|[DAWN] The first addition in the list of proscribed organizations made by the Pakistain (PTI) government has taken the total number of banned outfits to 67.|
The latest addition to the list is Yemen-based al-Rahmah Welfare Trust Organisation (ARWTO) and the reason for its placement on the list of terrorist outfits is said to be its links with Al Qaeda.
A federal minister when contacted told Dawn that ARWTO was found to be having links with Al Qaeda.
According to an updated list of proscribed organizations placed by the National Counter Terrorism Authority on its website, ARWTO was formally outlawed on Dec 13, 2018. The only other addition in the list during that year was that of Jundullah, that had been proscribed on Jan 31, 2018. Jundullah had been formed by Abdol Malek Regi who had been captured and executed in Iran in 2010.
|Iran will punish terrorists, their masters|
|[PRESSTV] Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned a fatal terror attack that targeted Iran's strategic port city of Chabahar, vowing that the will bring the perpetrators and "their masters" to justice.|
The top Iranian diplomat took to his Twitter page on Thursday to react to the car , which he said was perpetrated by "foreign-backed terrorists."
"We support our own terrorists, others are bad"
Earlier in the day, a vehicle laden with explosives went off close to a police headquarters in Chabahar, situated in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan.
The terrorist behind the wheel was seeking to force his way into the police post, but failed to do so as local security forces quickly intervened.
At least two and some 40 other people sustained injuries in the , which also killed the bomber.
The so-called Ansar al-Furqan terrorist group later for the assault.
"As we've made clear in the past, such crimes won’t go unpunished: In 2010, our security services intercepted & captured en route from UAE," Zarif wrote in the tweet.
He was apparently referring to a highly successful operation by Iranian intelligence services, which led to the capture in 2010 of Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of the so-called Jundullah terror group. The outfit under Rigi was dismantled and he was executed later that year.
That operation followed a 2009 terror attack by that claimed over 40 lives in Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province.
"Mark my words: Iran WILL bring & their masters to justice," the foreign minister emphasized.
Sistan-and-Baluchestan -- which borders Pakistain -- has suffered several terror attacks targeting both civilians and security forces over the past years.
Iranian forces, from time to time, bust terrorist ringlets in the province, foiling their planned attacks and confiscating weapons and ammunition in the course of such security operations.
'ENEMIES SEEK CHAOS IN IRAN'S BIGGEST OCEANIC PORT'
Rahmdel Bameri, caretaker of the Governor's Office in Chabahar County, underlined the strategic significance of the city as a free trade zone, which has a deep-water port on the Sea of Oman.
Chabahar is also the site of a port complex, which is being developed in cooperation with India as part of a new transportation corridor for landlocked Afghanistan.
Bameri added that such attacks are meant to "destabilize Chabahar, Iran's largest oceanic port, and disrupt the peaceful and friendly climate in there."
|Iran claims to have killed four militants near Pakistan border|
|[DAWN] Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had killed four who had allegedly slipped across the border from Pakistain to try to carry out an attack.|
They said two other were in the clash in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, with the "rest of the fleeing to the soil of the neighbouring country".
Sistan-Baluchestan has a large, mainly Sunni Baluchi community, which straddles the border into the province of Pakistain.
Sunni group or Soldiers of God launched a bloody insurgency in the area in 2000 targeting the security forces and officials of Iran’s Shia-dominated government.
The campaign peaked with a spate of deadly attacks from 2007 ‐ including twin s against a mosque that killed 28 people ‐ but abated after the group’s leader was killed in mid-2010.
In 2012, Jundullah members formed a successor organization called Jaish al-Adl or Army of Justice, which has carried out a spate of attacks on the security forces.
Iran has alleged that the group has received support from the US, British and Israeli intelligence services with the complicity of Pakistain.
|Haqqani network on top as US shares list of 20 terror groups with Pakistan|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The United States has shared a list of at least twenty terrorist groups with Islamabad which Washington insists use the Pak soil for the terrorist activities in Afghanistan and elsewhere, it has been reported.|
Diplomatic sources have confirmed to the local news outlet Dawn News that the White House retains a list of 20 terrorist groups that the Trump administration claims are operating in Pakistain.
The sources further added that the list has reportedly been shared with Islamabad by Afghanistan and the United States.
In the meantime, reports indicate that the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US and Pakistain had been engaged in "a very healthy exchange of information on terrorists" since his visit to Islamabad last week.
Tillerson has further added that further information will also be shared with Pakistain in the future to include information on "specific location on any given day of where certain individuals or certain cells may be located."
According to reports, the Haqqani terrorist network is on the top of the list shared with Islamabad as the US officials are saying that the network has safe havens in Fata and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan.
But the Pak officials reject the claims by Washigton and insist that no such safe havens exist in the country.
Added from Dawn:
Top on the list is the Haqqani network which, the United States claims, has safe havens in Fata and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan. Pakistan strongly rejects the charge, saying that there are no such safe havens inside the country.
Harakatul Mujahideen is a Pakistan-based militant group operating primarily in Kashmir. The US says that group had links to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda as well.
Jaish-e-Mohammed operates mainly in Kashmir and the liberation of the Indian occupied Kashmir is its declared objective.
Jundullah is associated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and was commanded by militant Hakimullah Mehsud, the Emir of TTP until his death in November 2013. It had vowed allegiance to the militant Islamic State group.
The United States identified Lashkar-e-Taiba as one of the largest and most active terrorist organisations in South Asia. Founded in 1987 by Hafiz Saeed, Abdullah Azzam and Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan, the group had its headquarters in Muridke. It too is focused on Kashmir.
Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved in the 2001 Indian parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Lashkar-i-Jhanghvi, an offshoot of anti-Shia sectarian group Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, was founded by former SSP activists Riaz Basra, Malik Ishaq, Akram Lahori and Ghulam Rasool Shah.
The US blames this group for committing hundreds of target killings and dozens of mass attacks inside Pakistan.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella organisation of various militant groups, was based in Fata, but has now relocated to Afghanistan. The US says that the group wants to enforce its own interpretation of Sharia and plans to unite against Nato-led forces in Afghanistan. It has conducted hundreds of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.
Other groups on the list are: Harakatul Jihadi-i-Islami, Jamaatul Ahrar, Jamaatud Dawa al-Quran and Tariq Gidar Group, which is one of 13 TTP affiliates. The Tariq Gidar Group has been behind some of the deadliest attacks inside Pakistan, including the Dec 16, 2014, massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar that left 132 schoolchildren and nine staffers dead.
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Commander Nazir Group, Indian Mujahideen, Islamic Jihad Union, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan ISIS-Khorasan, Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent and the Turkistan Islamic Party Movement are also on the list.
|Aziz says it’s simplistic to blame one country for violence|
|[DAWN] The Heart of Asia conference concluded in Amritsar on Sunday on an unhappy note for Pakistain, which was criticised roundly as a base for groups whom the conference statement described as a big threat to peace and security in the region.|
The statement named , Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Haqqani group as posing threats to region together with other groups fomenting terrorism in the neighbourhood and beyond.
Foreign Affairs Adviser countered the claim, calling the criticism ’simplistic’.
there was relief for Pakistain as the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain too came up for criticism together with Jundullah.
Pakistain was also applauded for hosting Afghan refugees for three decades. Mr Aziz also found occasion to briefly exchange pleasantries with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with a clutch of other foreign ministers.
"We remain concerned by the gravity of the security situation in Afghanistan in particular and the region and the high level of violence caused by the Taliban, terrorist groups, including /DAISH and its affiliates, the , Al Qaeda, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, East Turkistan Islamic Movement, Lashkar-e-Taiba, , TTP, , Jundullah and other foreign terrorist fighters," the statement said.
Acknowledging the support that terrorism derives in the region, the statement demanded an immediate end to all forms of terrorism, as well as all support to it, including financing of terrorism.
"We recognise that terrorism is the biggest threat to peace, stability and cooperation in our region. We encourage the international community to continue to assist the government of Afghanistan."
Mr Aziz said his attending the Amritsar meet despite ’escalation’ along the Line of Control was testimony to Pakistain’s ’unflinching’ commitment for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
|Rangers say Jundullah chief killed in Sakran|
|[DAWN] QUETTA: Security forces claimed to have killed the chief ofJundullah’s Pakistain chapter in an operation at a village close to the Sindh- border in Lasbela district in the early hours of Friday morning. group |
Acting on a tip-off from intelligence agencies, the , Sindh Rangers and police arrived at Goth Dilpul in the Sakran area, close to the northern bypass, and raided a house in a village on Sakran Road. During an hour-long , Arif alias Saqib Anjum, the chief of Jundullah Pakistain and the nominated naib emir of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Sindh, was killed, a Rangers spokesperson said.
A senior police officer told Dawn that a child was injured in the shootout. Security personnel took the child and a woman, living in the house, into custody and shifted them to Karachi.
Official sources said a large cache of arms and ammunition was seized from the house that Arif had been using as a hideout. "Dozens of hand grenades, AK-47 rifles, rockets and over 1,000kg explosives were seized from the house... They had been packed into four big plastic drums and buried underground," sources told Dawn. The house was being used as a "factory" for improvised s.
They said two people had purchased a land in the Goth Dilpul area for one million rupees and two houses and a compound had been constructed on it about three months ago. "The man killed in the encounter had been living at one of the houses with a woman and a young girl for three months."
Arif had ed several s in Karachi and Balochistan. He had been planning terror attacks at the Rangers headquarters and the police’s Special Security Unit headquarters in Karachi, the spokesperson said. He was said to have been involved in an attack on the vehicle of then Karachi corps commander Gen Ahsan Saleem, a suicide attack on the Muttahida Majlis Amal leader and chief, , in Quetta, the of Bilal Sheikh, chief security officer of former president Asif Ali Zardari, and attacks on religious minority communities.