Rift between militants gives edge to security forces

The officials maintained that out of 117 militants were killed in this year so far, 86 were foreign militants.

Published: 01st August 2017 08:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2017 08:25 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Killing of Laskhar terrorist Abu Dujana in early morning encounter in Pulwana district of Kashmir valley was happened due to ongoing rift between the foreign militants and local home terrorists, according to senior officials of the defence ministry.

Assessing the recent killings of terrorists by security forces Jammu and Kashmir, officials maintained that out of 117 militants were killed in this year so far, 86 were foreign militants and only 31 were home grown terrorists. Last year only 80 militants were eliminated by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the military establishment, ongoing rift between the local and foreign militants are actually providing actionable intelligence inputs to the security forces, which eventually led to the killing of a huge number of foreign militants. Total 26 militants were gunned down in the month of July only.

In recent past, top militants were gunned down including Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Junaid, LeT Commander, Bashir Wani, Saddam Paddar, Mohd Yasin and Altaf Dar. All these militants were on the most wanted list of security forces. 

Meanwhile, military establishment here in the national capital have strong indications about softening approach of Pakistan army, as after last DGMO level talks on July 20, a number of ceasefire violations have come down.  In fact, the way Pakistani has sought DGMO level talks in last two months was also seen as feelers from Pakistani side to initiate talks between the two countries, which was abruptly cut off after last year’s Pathankot attack.

While so far, Pakistani army has violated ceasefire violation on 275 times at the border,  only 64 happened in the month of July and after July 20, barring few small incidents of violations, the border has been calm.

“Generally, DGMO level talk happens once in six months. But Pakistan army has sought talks in two talks in less than two months, which indicates that Pakistan army has intentions to resume talks between two nations,’ said a senior defence ministry official.

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