Unknown assailants gunned down Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s close aide, Maulana Raheem Ullah Tariq on Sunday. The most wanted terrorist was on his way to a religious gathering in Karachi when unknown assailants shot him dead. The Pakistan police officials condemned the murder of the aide of the UN Security Council (UNSC) terrorist and said it was a “targeted killing” and “an act of terrorism”.
Three most wanted terrorists in India have been assassinated by unknown assailants in Pakistan this month, the Times of India said in a report. The Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Akram Ghazi and Khwaja Shahid, one of the masterminds of the 2018 Sunjuwan terrorist attack, were found dead earlier this month. Khwaja Shahid was abducted and his beheaded body was found near the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
People familiar with the developments told the newspaper that Tariq may have been killed due to infighting among JeM leaders and local terrorists may have carried out the attack.
They also said that the unknown assailants who killed him seemed familiar with the topography of Orangi Town and shot him multiple times from close range. Orangi Town is a large slum in Karachi. He died almost immediately.
Tariq was on his way to address a gathering with an anti-India theme and focused on how to destabilise the Kashmir region.
In November, Akram Khan, a top recruiter of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group, was also killed. Akram Khan, also known as Ghazi, was responsible for radicalising hundreds of terrorists who infiltrated Kashmir Valley in the last two years. He was a key member of the LeT recruitment cell for two years, from 2018 to 2020.
Ghazi was gunned down by bike-borne assailants in Bajaur district. Pakistani spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has downplayed the killing. Ghazi was known for his anti-India speeches.
Several key terrorists who were also wanted in India have been killed in Pakistan. Several terrorists belonging to Khalistani outfits, JeM and LeT have been gunned down since May this year. Pakistani law enforcement officials are yet to find out if these killings are connected or isolated events which have been planned due to infighting within these terrorist groups.