Another ‘summer of unrest’ in Jammu and Kashmir?

Pakistani-backed separatists have reportedly told traders and local community to garner support to their ‘cause’ for this year also.

Published: 18th April 2017 04:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2017 04:01 AM   |  A+A-

Security jawans stand guard near a razor wire during restrictions imposed by authorties as separatist groups have called for a general strike against Afzal Guru's hanging in Srinagar on Thursday. Separatists are pressing for the handing over to the family the remains of Parliament attacks convict Afzal Guru who was buried in Tihar Jail Delhi.(Photo | PTI)

File photo for representational purpose | PTI

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Army’s intelligence wing has received inputs that separatists have decided to have ‘one more summer’ of unrest in the Kashmir valley. Pakistani-backed separatists have reportedly told traders and the local community to garner support to their ‘cause’ for this year also.

The present security situation in Kashmir was discussed at the Army Commanders’ Conference here on Monday, where top brass of the army allegedly supported the Commander of the Quick Reaction Team, who had tied a local youth to the front of his official jeep. So far, no Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the episode, which is a routine drill whenever such incidents happen. Army sources claim that Court of Inquiry is not an indictment and will be ordered into the episode only to verify facts.

Intelligence inputs say that the separatists have planned to go all out against the security forces and glimpses of it are already being witnessed, be it during the large-scale violence during the recent bypolls or the increasing incidents of stone pelting against the forces. Admitting that situation in Kashmir valley was deteriorating, they said the authorities were apprehensive that this summer too will be “hot” like last year when mass scale protests marred the state for more than five months following Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s death in June.  

In the backdrop of students protests in the valley, university exams have been postponed and broadband services have been suspended. Sources in defence ministry claim that the counter -insurgency grid was also gearing up for infiltration bids by Pakistan ISI.


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