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January 22

A National Conference (MLA) from southern Kashmir on Monday questioned the wisdom to allegedly target the families of militants in Kashmir Valley.

As soon as the Legislative Assembly resumed business this morning, MLA Homshalibugh, Abdul Majeed Larmi, raised the “point of information” flaunting a newspaper alleging that certain families were targeted by government forces on Sunday in Redwani area of Kulgam.

“The forces have damaged the houses and vehicles and the cost of damages is not less than Rs 30 lakh each,” Larmi told the house.

“Why does it happen every day,” he asked the chief minister who was present in the house. “There is total loss of properties. If anyone is militant, what is the crime of his family or any of his relative,” he asked the government pressing chief minister to look in to the matter.

“I do not want to create scene everyday but I am forced to,” he added.

“When I can’t talk about my people in this house then where shall I go?”

Published in Kulgam
Friday, 12 January 2018 11:12

Army Shifting Focus South to North Kashmir

January 12

In 2017, the focus of the operations was in South Kashmir, the Army chief of India said.

"This year it will shift to North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore and Lolab and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there,” he said.

He also stressed the need of inducting modern weaponry to prepare the army to fight battles of the future.

“We need modern weapons and technology. We have to look at what we require to fight the future wars. We have to get systems that are best suited for our requirements,” he said.

The General also informed the media about armed forces preparedness to move ammunition and forces in times of conflict.

“We need to have capacities to ensure that ammunition can move from one sector to another and we are focusing on it. We also need to build capacity to move forces from western sector to northern sectors,” he said.

Published in South Kashmir
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:43

CASO in Kokernag Village Again

January 10

After Yesterday's encounter in Larnoo area of South Kashmir's Kokernag area, the Government forces have yet again Launched a Cordon and Search Operation this afternoon.

Sources told The Kashmiriyat that 19RR of Indian Army, SOG of Jammu Kashmir Police and 156 Bn of CRPF Launched the operation following specific tip off about the presence of Militants in the area.

Government Forces have sealed the entry and exit points to the Larnoo village and a massive search operation is underway, Locals told The Kashmiriyat.

Pertinently a Gunfight had emerged in Larnoo Kokernag of Islamabad District yesterday in which a Militant was killed.

It was also told that Ashraf Khan alias Ash Moulvi, the top commander of Hizb had sustained bullet injuries in the operation, but he had escaped.

Details Emerging.

Published in Islamabad

December 18

The 8th Massive search operation of this year in South kashmir launched by government forces again ends no result.

In wee hours of Monday forces launched search operation  in about 8 villages of Shopian district after receiving inputs about the presence of the militants in the area.

Official sources said that on specific information 8 villages of Shopian district which include chatripora, Vehil, nowgam, panduchan, kapran, rey kapran, dangam,wangam and its adjacent areas were  cordoned off in joint a joint operation by 62 RR ,34 rr, crpf and  Shopian Police.

Official confirmed that search operation was concluded with any success to government forces.

The villagers were frisked, all entry and exit points were sealed, houses and nearby orchads were checked, said a local.

Pertinently Shopian district is considered to be the second hotbed of militancy after Pulwama as mote than 35 local militants are active in the district.

Moreover this was the 8th massive search operation launched by government forces however all ended peacefully.

On 4 May, more than 4000 troopers of Government forces had cordoned of 20 villages in South Kashmir's Shopian including Turkwangam, Sugan, Aripora, Chitragam, Trenz, Heff, Chillipora, Shermal and many other areas, but the operation failed as no militant was found in the area.

On August 19 Kellar, Zaipora, Ranipora, Pratabpora, Takipora, Batpora, Bamnoo and the adjoining areas was cordoned by Army's 62 RR and 14th Bn of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), again the operation had to be called off without any visible success.

On 28 August The 62 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group of Jammu Kashmir Police on Monday Morning laid a massive Cordon and Search Operation  (CASO) around at least 6 Villages in Southern Kashmir's Shopian District including  Wangam, Zaipora, Dangam, Tekipora and adjoining villages, but nothing was found.

On September 05, The villages Nagbal, Hussanpora, Urpora and Homehuna areas have been cordoned off by the Special Operation Group of Police, 44 RR of Indian Army, but the operation failed yet again.

On October 25, CASO that was been launched  in Shopian villages including Sugan, heff, shirmal, nagbal, Barbugh, Turkwangam, Maldeera, chitragam, kashew, Heff khuri, chillipora, Kadgam, Nullay Poshwari and it's adjacent areas was called off peacefully.

On November 09, forces launched search operation in about 20 villages of shopian and kulgam district which include Chiterwich, Imamshab, yambrach, Manihal, Batapora, Amarbugh, Sursuna, Tungdanoo, Manchew Derapora and it's adjacent however it was called off peacefully.

On 20 November 62 RR, 14th bn CRPF and Special Operation Group of Police Shopian cordoned off more than half dozen villages including Amshipora, Chitterpora, Ramnagri, Shamshipora, nowgam and it's adjacent areas after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area, however it was called off later peacefully .

Published in Shopian

September 14

At least 144 Militants, some of them from Pakistan, have been killed this year by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, today revealed a military chief.

Army's Northern Commander, Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu, reported that 475 militants are waiting in the neighboring country to infiltrate through the LoC, the de facto border between the two countries in the Kashmir region.

Anbu said the situation along the LoC, one of the most militarized areas in the world, is under control.

Although attempts at infiltration increased, the radicals' entry into India was reduced by the steps taken by our forces, he said.

Intelligence agencies estimate at 75 the number of militiamen that penetrated from Pakistan in the first eight months of the year, but we consider that the figure is about 45, he stressed.

The list of killed militants includes members of Islamist groups as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), all considered terrorists by New Delhi.

LeT commander Bashir Lashkari and HM leader Sabzar Ahmad Bhat stand out among them.

New Delhi accuses Islamabad of supporting and training the militant formations fighting for independence or annexation to Pakistan, which is denied by that neighboring country, which considers them to be non-state actors.

The two countries hold a dispute over Kashmir since both countries' independence in 1947, which has confronted their armies on three occasions causing several minor conflicts.

Published in News

September 11

Thousands of people including women have reached the Hawoora and Wanpora villages of Quimoh belt in Southern Kashmir's Kulgam District to attend the funeral prayers of slain militants.

The Militants have been identified as Dawood Ahmed Ilahi Resident of Hawoora in Kulgam (Lashkar e Taiba) and Sayar Ahmed Wani resident of Wanpora Kulgam (HM).

Dawood and Sayar were killed during a Cordon laid by troopers in Rahpora village of Kulgam during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Police said that two weapons have been recovered from the slain militants and an Over Ground Worker named Arif Sofi has been arrested with them.

Meanwhile a complete shutdown is being observed in Kulgam and some Islamabad areas to mourn the killings.

Internet services had been suspended across Kulgam and Islamabad (Anantnag) district.

Published in South Kashmir
Thursday, 31 August 2017 14:25

JKP SI Gowhar Malla Shot at in Shopian

August 31

A Sub Inspector of Jammu Kashmir Police, Gowhar Malla was shot at by Uniedntified Gunmen in Imam Shahab area of Shopian in Southern Kashmir.

Gowhar who was recently transferred from P.s Janglat Mandi in Islamabad was shot at evening time on his leg and his condition is stable now, Sources told 'The Kashmiriyat.'

The Sub Inspector was shot on his leg by suspected militants after which he was rushed to the Hospital.

Published in Shopian

August 30

After using iron fist Policies against the Militancy in Kashmir and the NIA Raids against the separatsist leadership The Indian state is taking steps towards a Political solution. 

In the direction of political contact, Congress delegation will be the first to reach Kashmir. Under the leadership of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the delegation will visit the valley on September 10. This delegation will also later be Ladakh.

The purpose of this delegation, under the Congress Party Policy Committee, is to review the situation of the valley and discuss it with different sections of the region. Following the killing of the Burhan Wani last year, the Congress's first high level delegation will visit all the three divisions of Kashmir.

After Congress leaders, Rajnath Singh will reach Kashmir with senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Official reports suggest. However, the date for Rajnath Singh's visit has not yet been decided, but according to senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, preparations have begun and the date of visit will also be announced soon. In the last year, during the heavy violence in Kashmir, Rajnath Singh had visited Kashmir and also held various meetings with the representatives of different classes of the region.

But at that time the Hurriyat leaders did not give much importance to Rajnath Singh. It is to see whether the attitude of the Hurriyat leaders changes in changed circumstances or not, however some separatist leaders have already showed signs of change by having their  stances changed.

Narendra Modi had already indicated this new strategy before the Red Fort on August 15. He had said that the solution to the Kashmir problem would not come out of bullets and Violence, Rather, it can only be solved by embracing Kashmiris. It was seen as a new initiative. Some separatist leaders including chief minister Mehbooba Mufti , opposition leader Omar Abdullah and Mirwaiz Umar also welcomed the initiative of the Prime Minister.

A senior official associated with the security agency told 'The Kashmiriyat' that the morale of the remaining militants has dropped after the execution of most militant Commanders. At the same time, the Hurriyat leaders facing the investigation of ED and NIA on terror funding are also struggling to save their credentials in the valley, the official said. In such a situation, this is a reasonable time to reach the common Kashmiris directly.

It is being told that some separatist leaders are also in touch with agencies and they are trying to prepare them to become partners in the permanent solution of the problem.

Published in News
Sunday, 13 August 2017 08:43

70 Youth Joined Militancy in 2017

August 13

In a fresh revelation, a senior official said, "Seventy young men have joined militancy in the past seven months in 2017 with most of the recruits from three districts in south Kashmir"

As Per a PTI Report, The new recruits mostly hail from Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts in southern Kashmir, which has become the hot bed of tech-savvy militants.

"As many as 70 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in the Valley in seven months period this year," the senior security officer told PTI.

The numbers have seen a drastic rise post the killing of Militant commander, Burhan Wani, 88 Kashmiri Youths joined militancy in 2016. 

Since 2014, there has been a constant rise in the number of people joining militancy.

As many as 66 youths joined militancy in Kashmir in 2015 and 53 in 2014, according to data compiled by security agencies.

In 2010, 54 youths joined militancy and in 2011, the number came down to 23. It further dipped to 21 in 2012 and 16 in 2013, it said.

The Pulwama-Shopian-Kulgam region has become a hotbed of local militants, the officials said.

Pulwama mainly because of it's central location has of-late emerged as the militancy epicenter, is strategically important as it is the central point to connect Srinagar, Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Budgam districts of central Kashmir.

"The areas have seen the highest number of encounters and attacks," the officer added.

The topography of Pulwama, with its vast orchards and fields ringed by dense forests, also provide a perfect shelter and operating cover to militants.

Pulwama was home to Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces in July last year.

It was also the base of slain Abu Dujana, commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in the Kashmir Valley, Abu Musa and dozens of other militants.

Security forces have also foiled attempts by dozen others to cross over to the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for arms training, the officer said.

In 2017, as many as 54 men were stopped from joining the ranks of militants, the officer said.

132 terrorists have been killed in encounters with police and security forces in Kashmir Valley in over 7 months period this year, security officials said.

While 115 militants have been killed till July end this year, 17 militants have been killed till August 9, as per official statistics.

While 38 militants belonging to LeT were killed in over 7 months till 9 August, it was followed by killing of 37 militants of Hizb and 3 militants belonging to Musa Group of Al-Qeada followed by killing of 54 unidentified militants mostly along the LoC.

Out of them, six top commanders of Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) were killed in encounters in Kashmir during the period.

As per the data, the number of terrorists killed in the past over 6 months is the highest in the past 7 years.

In 2010, 156 militants were killed in the first 7 months period of the year followed by 102 in 2017, 77 in 2016, 61 in 2011, 51 each in 2014 and 2015 respectively, the data showed.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked the police to try to bring back to mainstream youths who have fled their homes to join militancy.

DGP S P Vaid has said that,"Going beyond its mandate of normal policing, J&K Police is transforming hearts and minds by instilling national pride in the youth of the Valley".

 

(The News is Not edited by The Kashmiriyat, it is an auto generated item from an agency feed)

Published in News

August 05

At the entrance of the house, three young boys barely 18 are trying to feed rabbits who refusingly run to other side of the cage. The Rabbits do not recognize them; they need the old face which fed them. “They have not eaten anything from the past 20 days” says one of the boys. But Yawar (the old face) has travelled far beyond their imagination and can feed them no more.

Here near to his house, Hundreds of people have gathered to pay tributes to the slain militant, Yawar Nisar, the 19 year old militant who had joined militants on 18th day of July this year. Women in a separate tent are mourning the death, while men in the separate tent are singing the tales of the bravery of Yawar. Yawar had gone missing on the 18 July 2017 after which his parents filed a complaint at the Police station. The Police could not trace him in the initial days until the troopers raided his house located in the main town of Sherpora in Islamabad Township in Southern Kashmir, which has turned into a hotbed of new age militancy.  Yawar was the first to join militant ranks after the killing of popular slain commander, Manzoor ul Islam. Manzoor ul Islam was killed in August 2004.

“I used to yell my lungs out every time the Police summoned him to the Police Station. The first time, I remember in 2008, he was in class 9, when the Police raided our house. When they could not find him, they took my husband instead and he was kept in detention for 18 days,” Says Soraya, the mother of Yawar Nisar. Soraya says that she pleaded to the police that her son was a minor, 15 that time, but the Police arrested him and booked him under charges of Stone Pelting.

She says that Yawar was arrested more than 12 times and on an occasion he was tortured to pulp, after which he had to be operated upon. The New Age Militants in Kashmir have the same story to tell, they grow up as the children of dark, witnessing blood and agony outside their houses, they pick up stones, are subjected to humiliation along with their families and finally they pick up the gun. There’s no deepening divide on the streets, they all have the same painful story to tell. There might be no takers for militancy in many groups in Kashmir, a constant tale of tortures and arrests needs a solution equally though.

“No, I do not regret even if I am a mother, I feel proud of what my son has done, even if I had 7 sons, I would sacrifice all of them for the cause of Kashmir Liberation. What does a mother tell her son when she sees him in Police custody every now and then? We have been seeing this since ages now, the conflict has driven us all in. I had to take care of him. I remember when my son was young, I tried to keep him away from everything, I was her first school, i used to use all the misnomers for militants, stone throwers to keep him away from the conflict. But despite thousands of efforts, I could not keep my son away from the reality he faced every day, we face every day and finally he was gone. I always felt a very strong connection towards Yawar and now that he is gone,” said Soraya.

Soraya says that Yawar took her permission for everything, even when he used to offer Tahajud (pre Dawn prayers), he would ask me, ‘mother, can I go?’ His mother claims on 18 July, the day Yawar left home to join militant ranks, he told me he was being called to the Police station. “He told me” Soraya says, “It was better to join militants than being summoned to the Police station and facing humiliation at their hands every now and then.” He was frustrated with the way he was constantly detained, Soraya says. “Whenever there would be any incident of stone throwing, he would be at the least called by the Police and told that they saw him throwing stones”, remembers Soraya.

“No mother will be willing to send her kid away to get killed, but I could not see him distressed in pain. He went to the encounter sites and used to tell me, Mother, Do not weep, if I return dead, your son will have bullets on his chest and he will die as a martyr. He used to my permission and always wished to die as a ‘Shaheed” recalls Soraya. Yawar’s Instagram says it all, ‘Shahadat (Martyrdom) is my Dream.’  “He spent his time mostly praying and apart from that he used to play cricket and maintain a personal diary which he torn before he left to join militancy,” says Soraya.

Yawar had joined militancy ten days back, which again raises questions, is this the way out? Yawar according to some unconfirmed sources did not even open a single fire and been hit on a bullet initially on his arm, he ran away, but lost his way from the two other companions who successfully managed to escape the site in Kanelwan area of Southern Kashmir’s Islamabad district on Thursday. He did not visibly have the tactics to run or training to even open fire, but it seems he was already operational on the field. He could not escape and he was killed. One SLR, 2 magazines, 40 rounds, one Chinese hand grenade and a pouch was recovered from his possession.

The Indian State has decided to go down heavily on armed militants as at least 120 militants have been killed this year, but the size of the funeral of militants is growing with every passing day in what many term as growing love for militancy and they claim the denial mode of the state to address a political dispute the main reason for it. A novel generation of young Kashmiris is being pushed to the wall, forced to take up arms, to take up violence once again, which might not be the solution. It might be getting easier for Indian state to crush militancy but the cries of ordinary Kashmiris are louder than ever now.

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