Kashmir is gripped in the hands of New Age militancy. The number of militants that was on a gradual decrease and importantly had less participation of the locals saw a new twist post 2010 with locals picking up arms yet again. The recent reports suggest 75 percent of the militants are locals and more are joining the queues of these militants. The numbers are on a swell with Southern Kashmir merging as the hub of militancy.
On the 16th day of June this year, one of the most massive attack on local policemen packed the news headlines and immediately Bashir Lashkar, a local militant, the district commander of Lashkar e Taiba was held responsible for the attack. Bashir hailed from the Kokernag area, a famous hill station in Islamabad (Anantnag) area in Southern Kashmir, some 10 kilometers away from the district headquarters. Bashir Lashkar was first recruited in 1999. In 2002, Achabal police arrested him in Islamabad (Anantnag) for the possession of arms. He was later released in 2005 after being granted bail. In 2009, he again became active and was arrested with arms and ammunition in 2010 in Bijbehara before being released in 2014. During that time, he was continuously summoned to the Police stations. In October 2015, he joined the LeT and started operating as their district commander for Islamabad (Anantnag).
The Kashmiriyat reporter, Peer Imitiyaz went to speak to the family of Slain Bashir Lashkar who was killed in an encounter with the paramilitary troopers on July 1, 2017 in the Breenti area of Islamabad (Southern Kashmir).
The personal book gallery of Bashir Lashkar