Islamabad, 11 October (HIST). Jaish-e-Mohammed commanders Shahid Latif and Hashim, who were among the culprits at India’s Pathankot airbase, were gunned down by unidentified armed assailants in a mosque in Sialkot, Pakistan on Wednesday. Shahid Latif’s death is being considered a big blow to Jaish-e-Mohammed.
According to media reports, Shahid Latif was sent back by the Indian government in 2010 to complete his sentence and in an effort to restore better relations with Pakistan. Along with him, 25 other terrorists were also released. After being sentenced in India, he remained imprisoned in the jails of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh for almost 16 years. Not only this, in 1999 when terrorists hijacked IC-814 plane and took it to Kandahar, there was a demand for the release of Maulana Masood Azhar along with him.
At present, concrete information about how terrorist Shahid Latif was murdered has not been revealed. Shahid Latif was listed as a terrorist by India. Along with this, he was wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Shahid Latif was a resident of Mor village of Aminabad town of Gujranwala, Pakistan.