No one willing to command Lashker in Kashmir, says DGP

Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir SP Vaid today said that nobody is ready among the Lashkar-e-toiba ranks to hold the post of operational chief in the Valley.

Speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of a function here in Srinagar, Vaid said that nobody among the Lashkar ranks is ready to take the responsibility.

“What is in a name? I have heard that the vacancy of the commander is yet to be filled. Nobody is ready to take it,” he said when asked if Zeenat ul Islam is the new commander of LeT in Kashmir.

Earlier speculations were rife that Zeenat ul Islam, a local from Shopian district in South Kashmir may be named as the successor of Abu Islamil.

Zeenat, 28, hails from Sugan Zanipura in Shopian area and is an expert in improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He was earlier associated with Al-Badr for over two years.

On 14 September, security forces killed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Kashmir chief Abu Ismail, and his associate, Abu Qasim, in one of the briefest operations in Kashmir.

“Abu Ismail had 15 FIRs against him for murder, dacoity and other militancy-related incidents,” Inspector general of Police, Kashmir Munir Khan said, adding that two AK-47 rifles and other materials were recovered from the dead bodies.

Ismail was a Pakistani national and was considered the successor to Abu Dujana.

Major General BS Raju, general officer commanding of Victor Force had during a press briefing, after Abu Ismail encounter, said that they expect a vaccum in the LeT leadership now.

Meanwhile, after four days of the killing of the LeT chief, the militant outfit is yet to name its commander officially. 

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