The falling rate in Lashkar e Taiba ranks got a boost, when a Jammu and Kashmir policeman, who was on leave, joined the terror outfit on Saturday. Selection grade constable Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, on training in Kathua district of Jammu region had taken leave to come to the Kashmir Valley's Shopian district earlier this week. Dar was shifted from Kargil to Kathua in July after adverse reports about his alleged “militant sympathies”.

“He was under police radar but we can’t arrest a person unless he does something,” a senior police officer said.

"After coming home, the constable left his home to report back to duty last week but went missing and a report was lodged by his family.

"It is now learnt that he has joined the LeT outfit," the police said, adding the matter was still being investigated.

Pictures of the missing constable wielding an AK-47 rifle had appeared on social media, confirming the news of desertion. This year alone at least six policeman have deserted the ranks to join the militants organization. Many policemen have been killed by militants. 



Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo  addressed people during a funeral of a slain militant.

Asking people not to fall for tricks, he said that efforts are being made to defame the Kashmir freedom struggle.

Riyaz Naikoo says al-Qaeda is being linked with Kashmir to defame freedom struggle

Naikoo asked people not to support those “who oppose Pakistani flag and our freedom struggle from India

Without naming Zakir Musa who was recently named head of Al-Qaeda wing in Kashmir, Naikoo said that all the people holding the flag of Islam “are not necessarily our own”.

“Pakistan flag is our flag. Linking our struggle with Al Qaeda and ISIS is a ploy to defame it,” he said.

Naikoo asked people not to support those “who oppose Pakistani flag and our freedom struggle from India”.

Before leaving the venue, Naikoo raised pro-Pakistan slogans like ‘teri jaan meri jaan Pakistan, Pakistan’ and ‘Pakistan se rishta kya la ilaha illallah”.