Anantnag Fidayeen attack carried out at the behest of Pakistan

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Wahid Bhat|SRINAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday claimed that the Fidayeen attack on a CRPF party in southern Anantnag district yesterday that left five troopers dead was carried out at the behest of Pakistan.

Talking to media persons Governor Sayta Pal Malik said whenever there is peace is Kashmir valley Pakistan try to disrupt it by resorting to fidayeen attacks.” Governor further added “We had conducted elections in the state in a peaceful manner. This did not go well with the militant handlers based in Pakistan. Whenever there is peace in the Valley Pakistan tries to disrupt it”.

He said that it is only with the approval of Pakistan that militants carry out fidayeen attacks in the valley. When asked about that the attack was carried out on the road on which Amarnath yatris are also supposed to travel, the Governor said that the security forces would not allow any militant group to get near the yatris.

Advisor to Governor and retired IPS officer, K Vijay Kumar, who was involved in the killing of Veerappan during Operation Cocoon, 2004, says arrangements are foolproof and there is no need to worry. “We will take sufficient precautions. We will factor in what happened in Anantnag. We also look at the previous incidents and this will also be part of the overall planning. With all intelligence and precautions, this is the place where the public and transport is moving. It’s not an isolated post, it was one-to-one,” said Kumar.

“We wouldn’t say what we will do, but we will do all the arrangements. Within a few minutes, there was a proper reaction, the initial opportunity is with the other side,” Kumar said. Kumar said that there are some claims made and name of Al Umar outfit has been mentioned but they don’t give it complete credibility and will analyse the case.

Speaking after laying wreaths on the coffins of slain CRPF personnel, Kumar said that “there are a lot of people from the community who want to bring the situation to normalcy, however, these kinds of elements coming from outside can change the temperature a little bit, we are resolute and determined”.

The Amarnath Yatra is scheduled to begin from July 1 and end on August 15. Yesterday Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik appeal militants to drop guns and join mainstream.

Governor Satya Pal Malik appeal militants to drop guns and join mainstream, he said “militants should drop weapons and have lunch with me at Rajbhawan, violence will yield nothing it’s love by which Kashmir can get anything under constitution from centre”.

Governor said that violence won’t achieve anything, asked local militants to “return to the mainstream, give up arms and live a normal life.”

He added Pakistan is in fatigue but militant camps are there but our forces are alert. He said that. Infiltration has come down and very few People join militancy now. He added security agencies to “try their best to make local militants surrender even during encounter situations.