Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar

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Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar (born in 1967) and grew up in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar in Kashmir Valley. He was motivated to Militancy at the age of 17 in the year 1984 and became a member of Al-Umar Mujahideen when he was arrested for the first time.

Early life[edit]

After Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar returned to India in 1989, when one of his suggestions was not accepted, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar formed a group of his own aimed to annex Jammu and Kashmir Al-Umar Mujahideen (HUM) (the commandment of the Mujahidin).

Kidnapping story[edit]

On 12/08/1989 Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar carried out kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of the newly appointed Home Minister of India Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The kidnappers demanded the release of five of their comrades in exchange for Rubaiya Sayeed’s release. The government accepted their demands and freed the jailed terrorists.

At least three dozen murder cases were registered against Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar in Srinagar, India, including some high-ranking Indian officers.

Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar was arrested, finally, on 05/15/1992.[1] He was released from jail on 12/31/1999 as part of the Indian Airlines Flight 814 hostage deal and provided safe passage to Pakistan.[2] Immediately after his release Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar renewed the activity of Al-Umar Mujahideen in Muzaffarabad, close to the Indian border, in recruiting and training of young Muslims to the guerilla war in Indian Kashmir.[3]

As of 2007, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar was living in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan without any restrictions.


Mushtaq Zargar was reportedly arrested by Pakistani authorities in 2002. [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Giriraj Shah (2002). Hijacking and terror in sky. New Delhi: Anmol. p. 117. ISBN 81-261-1090-2. 
  2. ^ Giriraj Shah (2002). Hijacking and terror in sky. New Delhi: Anmol. p. 105. ISBN 81-261-1090-2. 
  3. ^ Abhinandan Mishra (2008-07-27). "India's Response To Terrorism - Are We Losing The War?". Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
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