Terror group Al-Badr reviving in the Valley
jkupdate.com | 13-Mar-2019 01:26 PM
  • According to latest reports by intelligence agencies, the extremist group Al-Badr has lately been showing signs of revival.

TRAL: Close to a month after the February 14 suicide attack this year on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) forces, which took place in Awantipora’s Lethpora area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, there are signs of the re-emergence of a prominent terror threat in the Valley.

According to latest reports by intelligence agencies, the extremist group Al-Badr has lately been showing signs of revival. It shares a close relationship with the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir outfit, which was recently banned in the northmost state.
Furthermore, sources in Indian intel agencies told Mirror that after international pressure on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is doing everything to strengthen Al-Badr, in a bid to bust out further attacks in Kashmir. For this, JeM’s old cadres have reportedly been accommodated into Al-Badr.

The senior official told Mirror, “Al-Badr has begun a recruitment drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the province in Pakistan where the Indian Air Force bombed the Jaish training camp.”

The source further added, “This is a major change in the ISI’s strategy for the Valley. The main reason behind the revival of Al-Badr is that outfit still has over-ground workers who were part of the group when it was at its peak in J&K.”

According to the source, the ISI is putting all its might into strengthening the little-known terror group so as to be able to organise attacks in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the terror group — led by Bahkt Zameen Khan at the moment — has called for the bolstering of jihad in J&K. Last month, at a rally in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Al-Badr’s chief Zameen had said his group would become the voice of Kashmir, and openly wage war against India.

More recently, the terror group released a video warning of more attacks. In this visual, the Al-Badr commander can be seen exhorting people to join the ranks. The group also praises the Pakistani Army for giving a befitting reply to the airstrikes carried out by the IAF at Balakot, by capturing a pilot.

Reports have it that for now, the new commander of Al-Badr in the Valley is Arjuman Gulzar, a resident of Ratnipora village in Pulwama district. He became an active member of the terror outfit after his name surfaced in an investigation, and is now looking after the organisation’s revival.

A top police official, who chose to stay unnamed, told Mirror, “Al-Badr has the active support of terror outfits like Jaish, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Gulzar is regrouping the outfit because there is a leadership crisis in other terror groups in the Valley.”

Al-Badr’s headquarters are said to be located at Mansehra. The terror group was active in south and north Kashmir in the early 90s, with a little presence in the Poonch district.(Courtesy:Mumbai Mirror)

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