JeM Commander Nisar Ahmed Tantray Admits Knowing About Pulwama Attack

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JeM Commander Nisar Ahmed Tantray Admits Knowing About Pulwama Attack

This is the first confession from a JeM commander after the Pulwama attack on CRPF in Kashmir. Few Indian politicians of the opposition had doubts on the JeM’s role in the Pulwama Terror Attack. The earlier confessions were made by lower level terrorists of the JeM. Also, the JeM itself claimed responsibility of the Pulwama attack in an official communication released by the JeM.

New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — 

Jaish-e-Mohammed commander, Nisar Ahmed Tantray, who was on the NIA wanted list for his uninhibited spread of terrorism in Kashmir and his aid to terrorist activities across India was deported to India from the UAE a few days ago.

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He was immediately arrested and taken into the interrogation. While interrogation he has admitted that he was having complete information about the Pulwama Terror Attack.

“He admitted that the suicide car bombing that was done on February 14, 2019, was planned by the JeM operatives in Kashmir under the leadership of JeM in Pakistan,” an interrogating officer said.

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First Live Confession By A JeM Commander On Record

This is the first confession from a JeM commander after the Pulwama attack on CRPF in Kashmir. Few Indian politicians of the opposition had doubts on the JeM’s role in the Pulwama Terror Attack.

The earlier confessions were made by lower level terrorists of the JeM. Also, the JeM itself claimed responsibility of the Pulwama attack in an official communication released by the JeM seniors.

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Nisar Ahmed Tantray, the brother of slain JeM leader Noor Ahmed Tantray, fled from India on February 1 this year.

Significant Influence Over JeM Cadres In Kashmir

According to an intelligence bureau officer, he has significant influence over JeM cadres in Kashmir valley, particularly after he planned the December 30, 2017 attack on a CRPF Group Camp in Lethpora.

Tantray has told interrogators that Khan called him using a social media app and informed about the plan to hit a convoy in mid-February with heavy explosives somewhere in Pulwama.

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Khan asked for Tantray’s help in the logistics, planning and execution of the bomb blast. Tantray was a senior commander of JeM in the Valley and cadres, who were part of the operation, would be motivated with his presence, an NIA officer said on condition of anonymity.

Tantray Denied Any Involvement In The Pulwama Attack

Although Tantray has denied any involvement in the Pulwama attack, where a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF convoy, killing 40, and which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war (he says he was in Dubai at the time), the NIA is not taking his word for it.

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“Nisar Tantray is a senior JeM operative in Kashmir. Commanders at his level are aware of all the plans, particularly for a Pulwama type attack which would have taken months of planning. We are further interrogating him about his role because the timing of his flight to the UAE is suspicious. He might have taken an active part in the Pulwama attack and fled two weeks before February 14 to avoid capture”, the NIA officer added.