SOURCE: Times Now.

Zubair Wani, an MPhil dropout from a college in Dehradun, has been named the new Hizbul Mujahideen chief in Kashmir after security forces killed Saifullah Mir in an encounter.

Earlier, Saifullah Mir, also known as Dr. Saifullah had been named as the new chief after Riyaz Naikoo was killed by security forces in his native Beighpora village of Pulwama district on May 6 this year.

As per the media reports, the 31-year-old Wani had joined the group in 2018.

Zubair Wani is MPhil dropout from Dehradun College
According to a report by TOI, Wani’s family lives in Dehruna village in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational commander Saifullah Mir was killed in a gunfight with police and security forces in Srinagar district on November 1.

His associate was arrested alive in the encounter in Rangreth area.

Talking to IANS, a top police officer said the operation was based on hard intelligence generated by the police.

Before becoming a terrorist, Saifullah had worked for three months in Kashmir’s prestigious tertiary care hospital, the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Soura area of Srinagar.

Terror groups continuously radicalizing youth in south Kashmir districts
Despite security forces conducting multiple successful operations to eliminate terrorists, terror groups are continuously radicalizing youth in south Kashmir districts.

On Friday, a local terrorist surrendered to the security forces during an encounter in Pulwama’s Pampore.

Thanking the security forces for sparing his life he appealed to his fellow terrorists to follow his footsteps, saying “all this bloodshed is a sham”.

“I joined militancy on September 1. I am grateful to the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the army here because they have given me a chance to live. They did not ill-treat me in any way. I would like to make an appeal to all my brothers that all this is a trap, all this bloodshed… it’s a sham. There is nothing in it,” ANI quoted Khawar Sultan Mir as saying.