Bilal Bashir Bhat
Srinagar, Jun 25 (KNB): With imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir following the collapse of ‘unholy’ alliance between Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the statements from several quarters and back to back civilian killings clearly indicating that the situation in Kashmir may get even worse to extend to what a national newspaper The Telegraph terms “Mission Krushmir”.
The Jammu and Kashmir is under Governor’s rule for the third time, since the assembly elections were held post-2014 devastating floods.
The militancy which according to statics witnessed rise soon after the emergence of PDP-BJP alliance in formation of government and post-Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s killing deteriorated the situation in Kashmir to highest level and forcing security agencies to launch operation ‘all-out’ to weed out the militancy. The all-out operations also resulted in the killing of hundreds of civilians and loss of properties. More than 460 militants and 235 civilians have been killed by the forces in past two and a half years in Kashmir, according to official figures.
The New Delhi’s renewed approach to ensure peace in the Valley involves 4Ds – defend, destroy, defeat and deny, said a senior home ministry official. The security forces have to follow this brief as they venture into trouble-prone areas of the Valley, reports NDTV.
Defend means strengthening of the security of the camps, destroy means that security forces would eliminate militants and their hideouts, defeat means that the agencies would work to crush the ideology of separatism and deny or prevent young men from getting recruited by various organizations.
The News channel quoting a Union Minister said: “Now on no amnesty would be offered to stone throwers, second thoughts about withdrawing prosecution cases against stone throwers were discussed in a meeting chaired by Home Minister.”
The home ministry has also deployed its counter-terrorism force, the National Security Guards (NSG) in Jammu and Kashmir to conduct counter-militancy operations. Sources say this move has been sanctioned by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. One reason for this induction is because the hubs were atrophying– officer or soldier would go through an entire tenure of between three and five years without firing a shot in an actual operation.
Security establishment sources said major operations were now underway to target 21 “most wanted militants” -11 from Hizbul Mujahideen, seven from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), two from Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and one from Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (AGH).
Amid political uncertainty and extreme operations by the government forces to stop the rapid growth in militancy has put the lives of common people on edge. (KNB)
Bilal Bashir Bhat