Amid a series of "phantom" attacks on the terrorists who had once attacked India, another most wanted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant was gunned down by "unknown" men in Pakistan's Karachi. According to media reports, Hanzla Adnan, who was believed to be the masterminded of the attack on a BSF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur in 2015, was killed outside his house on the intervening nights of December 2 and 3.
Adnan, who is also believed to be close to LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was secretly taken to a hospital in Karachi by the Pakistani Army, media reports claimed. According to the report, he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, December 5.
2015 Udhampur attack
According to the document tabled in the Parliament by the Ministry of Home Affairs, "On August 5, 2015, two Pakistani LeT terrorists, clad in civilian clothes, attacked a BSF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway near Narsoo Nallah, Tehsil Chenani, District. Udhampur." "Two BSF personnel died in the attack and 14 BSF personnel were injured. One of the two militants involved in the attack was killed, while one was subsequently apprehended by the local people and the police. Interrogation of the captured terrorist revealed his identity as Md. Naveed Yakub @ Usman, Resident of Faisalabad, Pakistan," it noted.
Besides, he was also considered a mastermind of the Pampore attack wherein at least eight security personnel were killed.
Back-to-back killings in Pakistan
Notably, this was not the first time that a terrorist linked to the spread of terror in India was targeted by unidentified men on its own territory. According to multiple media reports, this was the 19th killing of a terrorist responsible for various attacks in India was shot dead in Pakistan in the past 20 months.
Earlier last week, Khwaja Shahid, who was believed to be the mastermind of the 2018 attack on Sunjuwan Army Camp in Jammu, was found beheaded in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK), days after he was reportedly abducted by unknown men.
In October, Daud Malik, who was also considered a trusted member of Masood Azhar, was killed in broad daylight in Waziristan.
IS Pakistan facing its own curse?
Besides, Malik, Hafiz Saeed's close associate, Mufti Qaiser Farooq, was also met with a similar fate last month-- which was also dubbed as a significant blow to the terror organisations which are responsible for orchestrating terror attacks on the neighbouring nation.
It is worth mentioning Pakistan has been facing multiple issues including economic crisis and terrorism which had once "born and brought up" by its own military. It has witnessed an abrupt jump in terror attacks, especially near the border regions of Afghanistan.