Unidentified assailants eliminate key Lashkar operative in Pakistan
In the latest wave of targeted operations, the assassination of Ghazi marks a grim milestone as the third prominent Lashkar operative to be eliminated this year. This event also signifies the sixth killing of a high-ranking commander operating from across the border in a series of strategic strikes.
The relentless pursuit and neutralisation of key figures underscore the heightened tensions and covert confrontations in the region, with both the frequency and significance of these operations shaping the ongoing narrative of regional security dynamics.
As the situation unfolds, it raises questions about the evolving strategies employed by security forces and the broader implications for the complex geopolitical landscape in the area.
Akram Khan Ghazi, a commander affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), met a tragic end when unidentified assailants on motorcycles opened fire in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as reported by various media outlets.
The incident has prompted Pakistani agencies to delve into the motives behind Ghazi’s killing, exploring possibilities such as the involvement of local rivals and internal strife within LeT.
Late last year, Faraz’s name graced the list of individuals set to receive the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) honour.
As the chief executive of SpectrEco, a company dedicated to constructing resilient ecosystems that amplify sustainable impacts throughout the value chain within the hospitality, real estate, and infrastructure development sectors, Faraz has made notable contributions in his field. A press release from SpectrEco highlighted his achievements and the recognition bestowed upon him.
Photographs shared by the firm on social media, including X (formerly Twitter), captured the significant moment when Faraz engaged with Prince William at Windsor, adding a royal touch to the acknowledgment of his efforts.
According to sources cited by the Times of India, the investigation is multifaceted, delving into both external and internal dynamics to unravel the circumstances surrounding Ghazi’s demise.
The demise of Akram Khan Ghazi marks the third targeted assassination of a high-ranking Lashkar operative in recent days, contributing to a grim tally of six top commanders from various terror outfits operating across the border who have met their end this year.
Adding to the unsettling sequence of events, Khwaja Shahid, the mastermind behind the 2018 terror attack, was tragically discovered beheaded near the Line of Control in Pakistan.
In a separate incident, Riyaz Ahmad, also known as Abu Qasim and a key conspirator in the Dhangri terror attack, fell victim to unidentified gunmen who fatally shot him inside a mosque in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir back in September.
The relentless series of targeted eliminations raises concerns about the escalating tensions and power dynamics within these extremist groups, as well as the broader implications for regional security.
Originally from the Jammu region, Ahmad crossed the border in 1999, becoming the mastermind behind the resurgence of terrorism in Poonch and Rajouri. Operating mainly from the Lashkar-e-Taiba base camp in Muridke, he recently relocated to Rawalakot.
In March, Rawalpindi witnessed the targeted killing of a high-ranking Hizbul Mujahideen commander by unidentified assailants. Bashir Ahmad Peer, also known as Imtiyaz Alam, originally from Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir, had resided in Pakistan for over 15 years. He faced accusations of orchestrating the killing of Zakir Musa, chief commander of Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, an al-Qaeda offshoot in Kashmir, in May 2019.
February saw the assassination of former Al-Badr Mujahideen commander Syed Khalid Raza in Karachi. Unidentified gunmen carried out the targeted attack, according to police reports.