Kashmiri planned reprisal attacks for Osama’s death

Published: June 6, 2011
Militant leader had convened a gathering in North Waziristan to assign Taliban commanders territories to target. PHOTO: FILE

Militant leader had convened a gathering in North Waziristan to assign Taliban commanders territories to target. PHOTO: FILE


Ilyas Kashmiri, one of the most active al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, had convened a special meeting in the Data Khel area of North Waziristan Agency a week ago to constitute a special squad that would be tasked with avenging the death of Osama bin Laden.

According to intelligence reports seen by The Express Tribune, the head of the fearsome 313 Brigade of the Harkatul Jihad al Islami called a meeting of several Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders to create the “Laskhar-e-Osama” which would be tasked with carrying out suicide bombings throughout Pakistan, including some high-profile targets. Kashmiri was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan on Friday.

Besides Kashmiri, TTP commanders Asmatullah Maavia, Amjad Farooqui, and Badar Mansoor, among others,  attended the meeting. The three commanders were assigned territories to conduct bombings in. Mansoor was tasked with targeting Lahore and southern Punjab, while Farooq was told to carry out attacks in Islamabad and Azad Kashmir.

Intelligence agencies were able to collect information about the secret meeting, according to sources familiar with the matter, adding that they were also told that Kashmiri had moved his location away from Data Khel. Information about possible attacks has been forwarded to law-enforcement agencies throughout the country. Security officials have been told to beef up protective arrangements at the possible target sites.

Among the attacks planned by the group were strikes against diplomats and embassies in Pakistan, including those from the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The militants reportedly planned to target the US embassy in Islamabad with high explosives.

Other plans included procuring large quantities of poison, presumably to be mixed with food supplies for Nato troops that pass through Pakistani territory. The plan called for abducting the drivers of Nato supply trucks and then mixing the poison in with food supplies.

Among the Pakistani targets on the militants’ list were high-profile security officials and the Pakistan Ordnance Factories in Wah, the nation’s leading production facility for ammunition. Visiting Chinese dignitaries were also reported to be targets. Possible means of delivering explosives included motorcycle rickshaws.

Two other intelligence reports reveal that Saudi and UAE diplomats have come under threat in recent weeks. In particular, one report stated that “Saudi diplomats in Islamabad are very much concerned about their security,” fearing that they may be targeted by al Qaeda militants seeking to avenge Bin Laden’s death, who was stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994.

Another report stated that “The UAE Embassy in Islamabad has received threats from some unknown miscreants. Further details are not yet available.”

In what appears to be an attempt to carry out a sustained campaign against the Pakistani military, intelligence reports indicate that militant groups based out of Orakzai Agency plan to attack other military and important civilian installations across the country. Possible targets mentioned in the report include the Karachi port, the Karachi airport, oil terminals and naval bases throughout the country.

Ilyas Kashmiri was one of the most feared militants in Pakistan. He had started off as a member of Harkatul Mujahideen before branching off to create his own Harkatul Jihad al- Islami (HuJI). He also created the feared 313 brigade, a band of militants whose name is a reference to the Battle of Badr, when Islamic Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) fought and won a battle against over 1,000 Makkan pagans with just 313 Muslim fighters.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Unimpressed
    Jun 6, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Are they ‘good’ or ‘bad’ terrorists?Recommend

  • A A
    Jun 6, 2011 - 10:24AM

    how can a ‘terrorist’ ever be ‘good’ mr unimpressedRecommend

  • tanvir ahmed
    Jun 6, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Thank Allah for the drones.They have time and again eliminated islamic terrorists who have murdered thousands of my countrypeople.These islamic fanatics have attacked bazaars filled with women and children.Atleast the drones can get them when our own govt. can’t .

    We have to request america to deploy more drones so that more of these religious savages can be removed & in turn they won’t be able to attack us that frequently.Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 6, 2011 - 10:42AM

    He was trained to fight against India and Mushurraf even gave him a cash reward. Lesson to Pakistan: you cannot control terrorists. They are like a bomb that explodes in all directions – you can’t direct their madness in just one direction.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:01AM

    @A A: Well don’t be too sure. When in Pakistan there are good dictators and good liars, then there can be good terrorists too! Terrorists may be punished by death in a court of law. So is the punishment for breaking the constitution or high treason. Yet that is acceptable to many Pakistanis and they love the dictators. Just like Americans make fun of Muslims by saying that alcohol and pork are both haram, but many Muslims drink yet they hate eating pork. So we have false double standards among Pakistanis and Muslims. Recommend

  • Saray Gama
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:02AM

    From his activities and targets that he had selected it appears that he was working for Indian Intelligence Agency. Probably the terrorists are receiving weapons and funds from India for terrorism in PakistanRecommend

  • Jawad Iqbal Jawad
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:12AM

    Heroes of past turned into the villains of the present. People who were totally devoid of the actual spirit of Jihad and Qitaal were trained, encouraged and backed up by our own agencies have become the greatest problem we ever faced. In 90s they were so open that they would arrange meeting in public places and in mosques to fuel the flame of fanaticism and ISI was there on their back. Recommend

  • wasim younis
    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:30AM

    i suggest the Americans kill this person and this terrorist organization as soon as possible. recently they have been using drone attacks very effectively and its time they bomb this person. We should take notice of such meetings and dislodge these organizations.Recommend

  • Unimpressed
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:16PM

    A A

    I do not know. This is what we all have been hearing from the Govt/Army that there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists.Recommend

  • D. Powers
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Where do these terrorists get funding? anybody????Recommend

  • kazi jawed akhter
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:24PM

    Who so ever tries to be come Nepoleon,has to face his Waterloo one day.No body is an exception.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Imran Khan to please comment!!!!!!Recommend

  • Babar
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Kashmiri was a rouge SSG commando, who was captured and realized by Pakistan army in past. Frankenstein’s monsterRecommend

  • Jun 6, 2011 - 1:20PM

    Guilty without proofs.

    Well done technology, well done drones!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Birth of Kashmiri & like minded:
    Phase-1: Proxies are Halal and should be favoured and maneuvered all around, be it kashmir be it Afganistan or wherever! how to attract people for it; fatwas, jihadi literature, brain washing & so on!
    Use tax money of poor people of Pakistan to team up proxies, spend never auditable loads of money to train them, launch them and back them up eg in Kargal! Don’t forget to spread over Jihadi manuals to get support from common Pakis and who knows if some stupid comes to you for Jihad just reading after the booklet you just distributed! “Islam defeats USSR and India is on the verge of fleeing from kashmir”
    Phase-2: uh no, as just described by god Bush, proxies are not Halal……………..get rid of them …………..but how?…………………..KILL THEM!………….what? but they are our own trained fellows, our own children!……………..Shut up and just kill them!…………War on terror unleashed! [this would never ever end, my firm belief]
    Just to highlight the blunder done; The way pak fauj hired these Jihadis by prolonged Jihad sermons………. at the start of their paradigm shift………. those idiots should had put through some de-briefing programs and ultimately some new fatwas were necessary which would have made them sure that proxy war is totally HARAM!

    pak fauj mishandled this ‘Put the genie back in the bottle’ phenomenon and now whole nation is suffering!Recommend

  • NLo
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:33PM

    We love Drones. Pakistan Zindabad. United States Zindabad. Drones Zindabad.Recommend

  • Jun 6, 2011 - 1:45PM

    North Waziristan, bad bad Haqqanis allowing such meetings! I am sure they arnt involved. Recommend

  • mobi
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:35PM

    awesome news, congrats to all those who were involved in this great mission. People like kashmiri can never justify there acts of defending Islam by killing. At least i will feel a bit more secure, i would recommend getting the whole lot and lets get rid this menace of terrorism once and for all and unite as nation for once.

    I was reading a comment above stating that people like kashmiri were jihadist and heros and now qatils. My answer is if i am a jihadist and truly respect ALLAH’s word on this earth, no matter what ever happens i will never kill an innocent soul to justify my ideology rather than i would strive to save others and jihadist does not mean you go on a killing spree please try to understand the literal meaning of Jihad.

    This is really good news and makes me hopefully that we shall be able to curb this.

    Best of Pak Army and American ArmyRecommend

  • Jehangir
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:42PM

    Shahid, you have put it so well. But most People, mainly the Army and ISI wont even realize even now.

    The Army & ISI created Mujahideen to bleed the Indians in the name of strategic depth. May be, they would have killed a few thousands, may be, max 10000. But these Mujahideen have killed not less than 35000, destroyed our economy, freedom, life, culture, jobs & everything.

    We were better than india in terms Exchange rate of growth & now we are one of the worst in Asia. No country has anything to say. Tribune, please, please get this message in a better way to the public as to how we have become an intolerant country. Hammer this fact in our people`s thick skulls brainwashed since Gen Zia times. The country is running towards self destruction and ET must be fully aware. Please educate people with positive propaganda. & do your bit for the country.Recommend

  • omar abdullah
    Jun 6, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Hi I think the drones are doing a great job and you could make out that they are doing a great job when you hear Mr Imran Khan protesting the loudest. That means his friends, the good taliban who have killed countless innocent undeserving Pakistanis must be dying. It is also a fact that the drones have got pinpoint accuracy unlike what our air force has got, Our air force goes and kills countless civilians and all of them are re named terrorists. Just because they have been mistakenly bombed does not make them terrorists. Even they have the same rights as the people being killed by the good taliban who are Imran’s friends. The US must now re double its efforts to ensure that more of the good taliban are eliminated. Finally sense may dawn on our establishment that there is no good or bad talibs. They are all worms that need to be exterminated. Way to go US. forget what the est is saying and keep up the good work. We must also learn to ignore what terrorist mouthpieces like nation keep repeating. They feel that the more they lie, the more they can take the pakistani for suckers…..Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Jun 6, 2011 - 3:04PM

    “Lashkr-e-osama” haha nice lie. Kashmiri was a freedom fighter.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 6, 2011 - 3:10PM

    Hurray for Drones..Lets destroy these killers.. Recommend

  • antony
    Jun 6, 2011 - 7:13PM

    The day you touch Hafeez sayeed ( LeT) you are bound to have a similar scenario like kashmiri who turned from missile in control for enemy to forgotten live IED which detonates when you step foot whether good or bad.. I guess thats why pakistan army is really slow in confronting the good terrorist until now .. But there is a catch , the missile has its own mind whether it will explode at enemy or in your hand. Thats why its best to recruit for army rather than have non state actors.Recommend

    Jun 6, 2011 - 11:12PM

    All terrorists groups whether opposing or supporting the state today have one agenda on their mind ie to RULE Pakistan one day, which is not far away. Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Jun 7, 2011 - 1:57AM

    Here is our all plot for entire asia .


    Insallah we will become bigger islamic country by 2030..

    Please go through the page and implement it Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jun 7, 2011 - 4:28AM

    Thank you drones for getting rid of this monster.Recommend

  • BruteForce
    Jun 7, 2011 - 9:13AM

    Funny how nobody is protesting Drones anymore and some are even going to the extent to claim that they are very accurate and Pakistani Air Force missiles are not that accurate.

    Just 1 month ago this was unimaginable. Now, suddenly US is the savior everybody is depending upon(atleast in this comments section) to save them from the likes of Kashmiri(whom ISI have supported in the past).

    But, one thing to observe here, while everybody is for the Drones(for now, atleast) they haven’t gone to the extent of criticizing the ISI/Military, whose policies are responsible for the emergence of the likes of Kashmiri, Hafiz Saeed, Mehsuds,etc.,

    I guess that is a little far away. Hopefully, not never..Recommend

    Jun 7, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Wonderful post Ehsan. I had a hearty laugh but on the serious side Pakistan needs to be vigilant.Recommend

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