The army shot dead a notorious terrorist guide and thwarted an infiltration attempt along the 744 km Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch District.
The slain guide was identified as Mohammad Arif from the village of Matrian in the Khuiratta region of Pak occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK).
Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said: âLate Thursday Pakistani terrorists attempted an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control in the Bhimber Gali area. However, Indian troops on alert successfully foiled the infiltration attempt and killed a terrorist. ”
The body of the terrorist as well as his weapon and ammunition were found, he added.
Intelligence officials said the slain terrorist was in fact a notorious terrorist guide.
âHe used to guide Pakistani terrorists in small groups on this side of the LoC. Late Thursday, he was again guiding a group of three or four terrorists towards Poonch when alert soldiers noticed the movement and opened fire, killing him instantly. The group immediately fled to the PoJK, âsaid an intelligence official.
He informed that Arif was responsible for the successful infiltration of small terrorist groups into J&K for nearly two decades.
The Pakistani ISI was actively supporting him, he added.
We can recall here that the army lost nine soldiers, including two JCOs, on October 11 and 14 in the forests of Chamrer and Nar Khas in the district of Poonch during two separate encounters with terrorists. These are the worst casualties suffered by the military in recent years.
DGP Dilbag Singh suspected them of being part of the newly infiltrated terrorist group and hoped the RR troops would report them.
Since October 11, the army has launched a massive search and search operation in the Nar Khas, Bhata Dhurian and Chamrer areas of the district.
Intelligence sources said the slain guide was previously a havildar in the Pakistani army and after his retirement he was the commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba launch pads located in Dharkundi-Khuraitta.
âHe was familiar with the terrain and guided Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG) to Indian territory in Nowshera in October 2018, where the BAT action was carried out. When he retired from the Pakistani army, Arif received land in Khuraitta where he raised structures and lodged terrorists before launching them in India, âthey said.
âHe was the main intermediary between the ISI and terrorist groups and received a lot of money from the Pakistani army. His family is based in Dubai, âthey said.
âArif was the main LeT guide in the region and was in charge of the terrorist launch pads in the Tarakundi region. He has two sons who have settled in Dubai. After his retirement from the Pakistani army, he worked for the ISI, âsources said.
On October 22, 2018, the Pakistani BAT ambushed an Indian army patrol along the LoC in the Sunderbani area of ââNowshera sector, killing Havildar Kaushal Kumar of Nowshera, Lance Naik Ranjeet Singh of Doda and Rifleman Rajat Kumar Basan of Pallanwala.
The intruders had entered the interior of Indian territory and ambushed the patrol. The soldiers also retaliated by eliminating two BAT members.