After three-month thaw, an uptick in militancy in Kashmir; June, July see 16 encounters

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AFTER a semblance of tranquility alongside India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir, militancy-related violence has witnessed a spike within the Valley over the past six weeks, together with a rise within the participation of international terrorists in assaults on safety forces.

In 2021, 86 militants had been killed throughout J&Ok. In June and July alone, 36 militants or 45 per cent had been killed in 16 encounters. July has been notably lively, witnessing 10 encounters in 20 days, by which 20 militants had been killed, of which 4 are suspected to be from Pakistan.

In all this 12 months, the safety forces had been engaged in 36 operations, and of the 86 killed, 80 had been killed in Kashmir and 6 in Jammu. Additionally half the militants killed had been from LeT.

In these operations, 15 safety personnel and 19 civilians misplaced their lives this 12 months in militancy-related incidents.

Notably, the information obtained from authorities sources reveals international terrorists (from Pakistan) weren’t concerned in any encounter with safety forces till April. Between April and June, 4 international terrorists had been killed in encounters with terrorists. In July, one other 4 FTs had been killed, taking their rely to eight.

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Spike not anticipated

The altering dynamics of militancy in Kashmir coincides with shifting sands within the area’s geopolitics, notably Pakistan’s personal significance and developments in Afghanistan. It’s assumed that uncertainties in Afghanistan early this 12 months and strain from FATF had compelled Pakistan to come back to the negotiating desk. These pressures have eased now.

India and Pakistan had determined to honour the ceasefire after the DGMOs of the 2 nations met and issued a joint assertion on February 25. This was seen as a major thaw within the relations between the 2 nations and was anticipated to translate right into a drop in infiltration and terrorist actions in Kashmir.

The peace inside the Valley might, nonetheless, maintain for simply a few months. Sources mentioned 4 infiltration makes an attempt had been made within the final week; whereas one was foiled, three succeeded and as many as 20 terrorists are learnt to have entered Kashmir.

When it comes to recruitment, until July 15 this 12 months, 69 people joined the militant ranks in contrast with 85 within the corresponding interval final 12 months. A lot of the recruitment has been from the three South Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Shopian, and Pulwama. Total, in 2020, 174 people turned militants in contrast with 143 in 2019.

When contacted, Director Normal of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh mentioned technological interventions have helped curb recruitment within the Valley apart from intensification on counter-terrorism operations regardless of Covid-19 pandemic. “We intercepted a number of folks earlier than they might be part of any terror outfits… In lots of instances, mother and father have come to hunt assist in discovering boys which have gone lacking. So public belief has elevated,” he mentioned.

The J&Ok Police information additionally reveals that militancy-related incidents – direct or grenade assaults – are down from 120 within the first six months of 2020 to 84 this 12 months. Additional, whereas J&Ok had recorded 937 incidents of ceasefire violation in 2020, this 12 months solely 95 incidents had been recorded, nearly all from earlier than the February 25 settlement.

Based on intelligence studies, there are over 200 terrorists lively within the Valley with 40 per cent of them having infiltrated from Pakistan. “We predict a rise in direct involvement of FTs in assaults within the close to future,” the officer mentioned.

A senior safety institution officer mentioned a lot of this needed to do with Pakistan’s altering significance within the area’s geopolitics. “Earlier, Pakistan’s palms had been compelled partially as a result of strain from the Monetary Motion Job Pressure (FATF) which has continued to maintain it within the Gray Checklist. Nevertheless, with developments in Afghanistan the place Taliban is about to take management of the nation, Pakistan is being seen as a essential ally to have for each the Western and regional powers. The FATF strain too has diminished significantly,” the officer mentioned.

In 2020, a complete of 225 militants had been killed by safety forces working in J&Ok. In the midst of 103 operations – 90 in Kashmir and 13 in Jammu – 207 militants had been killed within the Valley whereas 18 within the Jammu area. Nevertheless, the variety of J&Ok police officers killed this 12 months is up. In contrast with 15 in 2020, ten policemen have been killed this 12 months together with a sub-inspector, a constable and SPOs.


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