UAE deports one of the terrorists behind the 2017 Kashmir attack to India

The United Arab Emirates deported a terrorist name Nisar Ahmed Tantray, affiliated to Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based extremist group. Nisar who fled to UAE in early February this year was handed over to India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) on New Delhi’s request on 31 March. The terror operative has been accused of being the mastermind behind the December 30, 2017 attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) centre at Lethpora in Jammu and Kashmir. The terrorists had struck around the centre at 2 am in the night. They started to throw grenades and open fire before breaching the boundary of the training centre. The CRPF training centre is located about 30 km from Srinagar, in south Kashmir. During the 36 hour long encounter, three of the Jaish terrorists were killed.

In February, NIA also arrested another terrorist from the same terror group, Fayaz Ahmed Magray, from Pulwama in February. He contributed to the 2017 terror attack by providing logistical support such as shelter to the militants and conducting reconnaissance of the CRPF Group Centre, before the assault. Fayaz’s arrested alerted Nisar, after which he fled to UAE. Nisar is the younger brother of Noor Trail, who is believed to have helped revive the terror outfit, Jaish. Noor was killed by the security forces an encounter at Pulwama on December 26, 2017.

The Pakistan-based terror outfit has been orchestrating the attack in India for decades, and again came into the limelight for carrying out the Pulwama suicide bomb attack, killing 44 Indian soldiers on February 14, 2019. The attack escalated India-Pakistan tensions which even led to air-strikes between the two, ending with the intervention of world leaders. India has been trying to get Jaish blacklisted and labelled as International terrorism for the fourth time now. But, China used its veto power to shield the group four times.

The United Arab Emirates act of deporting Nisar proved the Arab nation’s commitment to counter-terrorism. The deportation occurred following the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Thursday (28 March) in New York, co-hosted by France and UAE. The forum addressed the need to control the spread of extremist ideologies to individuals, fueling hate – such as in the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand. UAE has reiterated its full-support for counter-terrorism activities on several occasions. In 2018, UAE officially adopted a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ towards terrorism in all its forms including those who commit and support terrorism. UAE also adopted the Sixth Review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which addressed the concerns regarding the increase in the use of information and communication technologies (especially media platforms) by terrorist groups to propagate extremist ideology and hateful nationalism.

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