Soon after the US designated Hizbul Mujahidden chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist, his security has been increased manifold by the Pakistan intelligence agencies along with that of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
Both the terrorists are wanted for attacks including the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and several other assaults on civilians and security forces in the Kashmir Valley.
“The security of both Salahauddin and Saeed has been increased manifold in the recent past and can be compared to that of the Pakistan Army chief, who is the most protected person in the country,” top intelligence sources told Aaj Tak.
The sources said the Pakistani agencies have also enhanced the security arrangement of the two terrorist leaders who have been acting at their behest against India.
“In the last fifteen days, Hafiz Saeed’s location has been changed at least four times and that too to distant places as they fear that he may be attacked anytime. Salahuddin is also constantly on the move ever since the US imposed its ban on him,” the sources said.
Salahudin has a three-tier security system as whenever he travels around in Pakistan, he is protected by a personal security personnel while, Pakistani police and ISI spies.
Sources said the Pakistani spy agencies fear that the Americans or Indian agencies might be keeping a watch on Saeed and that is why, no electronic gadget is allowed to be in his vicinity.
Both Indian agencies and American leadership have been constantly demanding for a ban on Salahuddin who is now being given more prominence by the Pakistani agencies against India.
“The Pakistanis were using Salahuddin’s Hizbul Mujahideen more to give a local appearance to the actions against India as they want to project to the world that the ongoing terrorist activity in Kashmir is home grown and Pakistan has no role to play in it,” the sources said.
Salahuddin is from Kashmir. He crossed over to Pakistan in the 1990s and has been leading the Hizbul Mujahideen which is considered to be an organisation of local terrorists from the trouble torn valley while other groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba have more of Pakistani Punjabis as its members.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, the American administration announced the designation of Salahauddin as a global terrorist. Saeed was given that tag long back by the Americans.