One of the most dreaded Pakistani militants and Lashkar-e-Taiba’s “Divisional Commander” in North Kashmir, Qari Naveed alias Fahadullah of Multan, Pakistan, has been arrested in a joint operation by J&K Police and Rashtriya Rifles 22nd battalion in Sopore, in north Kashmir.

Highly placed official sources disclosed to The Hindu that on the basis of Fahadullah’s disclosures during sustained interrogation, Police and Army conducted a joint operation in Tarzoo outskirts of Sopore on Thursday. Even as one militant, Hilal Maulvi alias Khalid of Palhalan managed to escape, one local militant, Shabir Ahmad Sheikh alias Tameem alias Sufiyan of Palhalan, Pattan, was killed in the gunbattle.

Shabir was claimed to be the mastermind in killing of a Sarpanch, Ghulam Mohammad Itoo of his village, Palhalan, on September 10, 2012.