At least 240 Militants Active in the valley, 59 Foreigners

June 26

The Jammu Kashmir Police has said that 243 Militants are active in Jammu Kashmir which includes a healthy number of Locals Militants and only 63 Foreigners.

As Per Figures available to The Kashmiriyat more than 80 local youth have picked up arms in the first six months of 2018 despite intensified Anti Militancy operations raising concerns of Agencies.

The Jammu Kashmir Police also claimed that 15 Militants are operating in the Jammu region while the remaining are mostly operational in the southern part of Kashmir, which has seen a huge surge in Militant recruitment since the killing of Burhan Wani on 08 July, 2016.

This year, Ph.D Scholar Manan wani, Professor Mohammed Rafi Bhat and an M.Phil Scholar, Zubair Ahmed have joined the Militant ranks while another PH.D Sabzar Ahmed of Sangam area joined the Militant ranks the last year.

Youth announcing their joining into Militant ranks through photos on Social Networking has become a trend in Kashmir.

The Recruitment has been on high since the three encounters of 01 April in South Kashmir’s Shopian and Islamabad (Anantnag) Districts.

On 15th of April, an Army trooper performing his duties at 12th JAKLI also joined militant ranks after which he released a picture on social media in which he was holding an AK assault rifle. A day afterHizbul Mujahedeen confirmed his entry into the organisation.

Another youth from Kakapora area in Pulwama who was pursuing Masters in Earth Sciences at University of Kashmir has also picked up Arms.

Many More youths from South Kashmir Districts including from Pulwama as reported by The Kashmiriyat are likely to have joined Militant groups.

According to an official figure, 220 Militants were active in the Kashmir valley at the beginning of 2017 and at least 220 Militants were killed in the year after Government Forces announced ‘Operation All out’, but the increase in the numbers of killings and active Militants despite that shows a dangerous trend and indicates that there is no quick end to the dispute in Jammu Kashmir.

The killings of the top commanders since the last year’s operation All out include the killings of top commanders of Militancy including Abu Dujana, Bashir Lashkar, Majid Zarger, Mohammed Yasin Itoo, Saddam Padder, Ayub Lelhari, Junaid Matoo,  Sameer Tiger, Shakoor Dar, Sabzar Bhat and many others.

A top official of Indian Army had told The Kashmiriyat  that they are going after the Commanders because they want the recruitment to come down, however it is visible that the action is not producing the desired results.

The Himalayan region has been divided between India and Pakistan. The Asian Neighbours have fought three wars over the region.