Dawood Malik, a prominent figure involved in anti-India activities and closely associated with the wanted terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar, was recently assassinated on Pakistani soil. His death marks the latest incident in a series of events where unknown gunmen have targeted known terrorists.
This is the second such event in October alone, with Shahid Latif, the mastermind behind the 2016 terror attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot, being killed earlier this month in Sialkot, Pakistan.
These mysterious assassinations, often executed by unidentified individuals, have sparked widespread speculations. There are hints from Pakistani security agencies about the potential involvement of India's external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
Here's an updated list of terrorists associated with acts of terrorism and violence in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Punjab, and other Indian states, who have been killed:
(1) Dawood Malik (Latest Incident)
A close aide of wanted terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar, Dawood Malik was involved in anti-India activities. He was shot dead in North Waziristan by unidentified gunmen. Malik was a key figure in Lashkar-e-Jabbar and was closely associated with one of India's most wanted terrorists, Azhar.
(2) Shahid Latif (11 October 2023)
Latif, a terrorist affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), was on the most-wanted list of Indian security agencies. He masterminded the 2016 Pathankot terror attacks, resulting in the deaths of seven security personnel. He was killed by unidentified gunmen in Sialkot, Pakistan.
(3) Ziaur Rehman (29 September 2023)
A member of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Rehman was involved in radicalizing youth against India. He was shot dead by motorcycle-borne unknown assailants in Karachi.
(4) Sukhdool Singh (21 September 2023)
Also known as Sukha Duneke, Singh, a Khalistani terrorist, was associated with Arshdeep Singh, a notorious gangster and Khalistani terrorist in Canada. He was assassinated in Winnipeg, Canada.
(5) Abu Qasim Kashmiri (8 September 2023)
Also known as Riyaz Ahmad from Jammu, he was the key figure behind the Dhangri attack in Rajouri. He was killed by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
6) Sardar Hussain Arain (1 August 2023)
An operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and a close aide of Hafeez Saeed, Arain was responsible for the madrassa network of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD). He was gunned down near his shop in Nawabshah, Karachi. The Sidhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) claimed responsibility for his assassination.
(7) Hardeep Singh Nijjar (19 June 2023)
Nijjar, the chief of the Khalistan Tiger Force and head of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib, was assassinated within the Gurudwara's premises. He had a significant criminal record in India due to his involvement in various terrorist activities.
(8) Avtar Singh Khanda (16 June 2023)
Khanda, a UK-based Khalistan terrorist, died in a Birmingham hospital. He played a role in an attempt to vandalize the Indian High Commission in London earlier that year.
(9) Paramjit Singh Panjwar (6 May 2023)
The chief of Khalistan Commando Force, also known as Malik Sardar Singh, was assassinated near his home in Lahore, Pakistan. He had been on India's most-wanted list and was a key leader of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF).
(10) Syed Noor Shalobar (4 March 2023)
Notorious for recruiting terrorists in the Kashmir valley and collaborating with the Pakistan Army and ISI, Shalobar was killed in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
(11) Bashir Ahmad Peer (20 February 2023)
Also known as Imtiyaz Alam, Peer, a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, was assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He had been living in Pakistan for over 15 years and played a key role in terrorist activities in the Kashmir valley.
(12) Syed Khalid Raza (27 February 2023)
Raza, a former commander of Al-Badr Mujahideen, was killed in Karachi. He had close ties to Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and was notably involved in infiltrating terrorists into the Kupwara region of J&K.
(13) Aijaz Ahmad Ahangar (14 February 2023)
Ahangar, a Kashmiri terrorist associated with the global terror group Islamic State, was found dead in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. It is believed that he was killed by the Taliban.
(14) Harvinder Singh Sandhu (19 November 2022)
Also known as Harwinder Singh Rinda, Sandhu, a Khalistani terrorist, died in a hospital in Lahore. He was linked to significant events, including the assassination of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.
(15) Ripudaman Singh Malik (14 July 2022)
Malik, associated with the Babbar Khalsa, a Khalistani terrorist organization, was shot dead in Surrey, Canada. He had previously faced charges related to the 1985 Air India flight bombing.
(16) Zahoor Mistry (1 March 2022)
Mistry, a terrorist affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), was involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines IC-814 plane. He was killed in Karachi by gunmen on motorcycles.
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