Najar, also known as Jan Sahib and Ishfaq, was a resident of Mumkak in Sopore, and had joined the militancy in 1999.
Earlier, Army chief general Bipin Rawat said on Monday that surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) could be repeated, if necessary, seeking to send a stern message to Pakistan.
"He (Najar) was returning to Kashmir to take over the command of Hizbul Mujahideen in the wake of elimination of top commanders of the outfit by security forces", Hussain said.
"After the list was rejected, he fell out of favour with Hurriyat, militant leadership, as well as Hizbul leadership, but that was a brief misunderstanding".
"In order to sort out the differences, he was recalled back to base camp in Muzaffarabad in September 2015".
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He said Najar's return to take reins of HM in the Valley was necessitated after killing of top commanders of the outfit in north and south Kashmir in forces operations.
The BSF counter-offensive-using small, medium and area weapons-resulted in heavy damage on the Pakistan side and the death of seven Pakistan Rangers and 11 civilians. Picture procured by Sameer Yasir. Dar was responsible for initiating talks with New Delhi. "He stayed there with Hizb chief, Syed Salahuddin", the police officer said.
Nobody in and around his house remembers him. He was arrested in 1992 but later released.
"He was involved in more then 50 killings". In the current year, so far 286 persons including 152 terrorists, 67 civilians and 68 security personnel have been killed across Jammu and Kashmir.
He was also involved in a lot of IED explosions because he was an IED expert. Neutralising him would have been very hard as he was already heading a huge network in Sopore, Palhallan, Pattan, Handwara areas of Bandipora and Baramulla. That way it is a big relief to us and a big relief to all victims of his activities.