Srinagar: Properties of fugitive terrorist Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar in Srinagar were attached by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday. Zargar along with Masood Azhar was released in exchange for hostages of an Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Kandahar in 1999. He is the founder and chief commander of the terrorist organization Al-Umar Mujahideen.
In 1989 Zargar was involved in the kidnapping of former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter, Rubaiya Sayeed.
A team of NIA attached two houses owned by Zargar in Srinagar under the provisions of UA(P)A. Zargar is a ‘designated individual terrorist’ under the UA(P) Act.
He was arrested in 1992. Zargar is in Pakistan since his release through the plane hijack in 1999. He is involved in funding terror activities in Kashmir. He has past records of several murders and other heinous crimes. He is close links with other terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and JeM.
He was arrested on May 15, 1992, and was released from jail on December 31, 1999, as part of the Indian Airlines Flight 814 hostage exchange deal.