Hizb founder Ahsan Dar not missing, says family

Hizb founder Ahsan Dar not missing, says family
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Srinagar: The family of former militant commander and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen founder Master Ahsan Dar have rebutted the media reports that Dar was missing from his home.
A close relative of Dar said that due to his bad health, Dar had wished to spend some time in the winter capital Jammu and had travelled to the city on March 20. Dar is camping there since then, he said.
The relative claimed that the reports carried by a newspaper had not verified the whereabouts of Dar from credible sources. “When the newspaper reported that Dar had gone missing, we were all baffled,” he said, adding, “We are continuously in contact with Dar and he is very much in the state.”
The family sources said that given his bad health, Dar had preferred to stay at one place as was recommended by his doctors.
Dar is suffering from diabetes and hypertension. As soon as the reports about Dar’s missing had gone viral, a senior police official denied the reports and said that he was camping in Jammu where he was undergoing treatment. Dar, a resident of Saer, Nahalpora Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has four sons and a daughter. While three of his sons are settled in Islamabad Pakistan, his daughter is married in Rawalakote, Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
Before picking up arms, Dar was a teacher that earned him the title of “Master”. He is believed to have crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in 1984 and later again in 1988.
Dar was arrested in 1989 when he was being brought to SMHS hospital for medical check-up. There, he managed to escape from the police custody and crossed over to Pakistan.
After his return in 1992, he founded Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit.
Shortly after forming Hizb, Dar was arrested in 1993 and released in 1999.