Wanted Khalistani terrorist Paramjit Singh Panjwar was on Saturday shot dead by “Unidentified Gunmen” in Lahore, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province. Panjwar (63) was heading the Khalistan Commando Force-Panjwar group and was designated as a terrorist by India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in July 2020.
According to the Police, “The gunmen shot Panjwar in his head and he was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital,” and his guard was also injured and succumbed later. Panjwar along with his guard was walking in a park at Sun Flower Housing Society in Jauhar town of Lahore where he was residing when the two assailants opened fire at them and fled on a motorcycle, the officer said. Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, including the ISI, Military Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), cordoned off the area and launched an investigation.
On the deadly attack on Saturday, an eyewitness told the CTD that Panjwar was in the park around 6 am when a gunman came close to them and opened fire. “After the firing, the assailant rushed to the gate of the society and fled along with his accomplice who was waiting for him outside,” he said. A source said the assailants had conducted a recce for a week.
Panjwar had joined the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) in 1986. In 1986, the KCF was headed by Sukhdev Singh, alias Sukha Shapai, who was then serving as a police constable in Punjab (India). The group was responsible for various terror attacks on Indian soil, including the killing of General Arun Vaidya, who was the Army chief during Operation Blue Star.
In 1989, Shapai was killed in a police encounter at Tanda in Hoshiarpur and thereafter, Kanwarjit Singh of Sultanwind in Amritsar became the KCF chief while Paramjit Singh Panjwar became its deputy chief. After Kanwarjit’s death, Panjwar became the KCF chief. Before he escaped to Pakistan in 1995-96, Panjwar was involved in a number of killings in Punjab, according to official sources.
Though he was inactive for the last couple of years, Panjwar had been operating from Lahore and was involved in arranging arms training for youths in Pakistan. He was engaged in supplying arms and ammunition and subsequent infiltration into India for targeting VIPs and economic installations.
“Panjwar’s complicity in promoting drug trade and fake Indian currency notes (FICN) operation in Punjab are well documented. Efforts are being made by his organisation KCF to reactive former militants, sleeper cells and also those on bail and it has been in favour of forming a nexus with other forces hostile to India,” the ministry had said.
Many Anti-India and Khalistani Terrorists eliminated recently
The killing is the latest instance of terror kingpins being targeted outside India. In February, Bashir Ahmad Peer, a self-styled commander of the terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi.
In the same month, former commander of Pakistan-based terrorist organization Al Badr, Syed Khalid Raza, was also eliminated in a similar manner outside his residence in Karachi while Kashmir-born terrorist, Aijaz Ahmad Ahanger, alias Abu Usman Al-Kashmiri, who had joined the Islamic State (IS), was reportedly killed in February in Kunar province of Afghanistan.
It is quite heartening for India and shocking for Pakistan and Khalistani terror ecosystem, that how their valuable assets have been eliminated in a well-planned fashion. Here Pakistan is also in catch-22 situation, where it can’t openly accept the killing of these terrorists on its soil, on the other hand it can’t blame India for well-planned killings of its terror assets.
Killing of these terrorists also exposes Pakistan’s blatant reluctance to accept the country that once housed global terrorist Osama-Bin-Laden (the terrorist, according to US Intelligence, was living in Abottabad in extreme close proximity to Pakistan Army base), also has given asylum to fugitives of India.
Well, we cant say who is killing these terrorists, but one thing is for sure, whomsoever they are, they are doing a great service to the India. Such actions will only instill terror among these fugitives and terrorists, as now they cant remain protected inside the Pakistan, which is allegedly their so called safe heaven for all these decades.