The army called the elimination of the top Jaish commander a "major dent" in capability of the Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Mufti Waqas' killing is seen as a major success for the security establishment, particularly because it comes just months after the elimination of Jaish's earlier operational commander Noor Mohd Tantrey on 17 December a short distance from the location of today's security operation.
Five soldiers and a civilian were killed and 10 people injured in the February 10 attack on the Sunjuwan army camp, counted as one of the worst since the 2016 Uri attack, in which 19 soldiers were killed. The four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists who carried out the suicide attack at the army camp in the heart of Jammu were also killed.
Among the three terrorists killed in the Lethpora attack on 31 December was a 16-year-old, son of a policeman who had joined the Jaish just a few months earlier. Five Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed in this gun-battle.
Mufti Waqas is also accused of planning the attack on the BSF camp at the Srinagar airport in October last year by three terrorists, carrying a massive arsenal of guns and explosives. One soldier was died in this attack.