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It’s duty of Pakistan to share intelligence regarding militants: Governor Malik

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Wahid Bhat| SRINAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said that it’s the duty of Pakistan to share intelligence regarding militants with the Government of India.

Governor Malik at police functions in SKICC, Srinagar said, “Pakistan is duty bound to share intelligence inputs with us. But it also remains to be seen that how many attacks they (Pakistan) were able to stop in its own back yard”.

He said that the governor administration has disrupted the militant infrastructure in the state. “You have seen how previous governments have tackled militancy in Kashmir. You are also a witness to our administration and how we tackled militancy problems in the Valley,” Malik said.

He said that militant recruitment and stone pelting incidents across the Kashmir Valley have also come down.

Meanwhile Dilbagh Singh, Director General, J&K Police said Peace will come to Kashmir, especially the volatile southern region, if the Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit is wiped out.

The statement came a day after the security forces and the local police killed two top Jaish commanders, Tauseef Bhat and Sajad Bhat, who were local boys and were also involved in serial attacks on the CRPF personnel and the Indian Army. Sajad had also plotted the February 14 attack on CRPF convoy that led to the killing of 44 personnel.

Singh said that one more top JeM militant, who was Pakistani, was also recently killed. He further added that it was under Sajad’s supervision that an SUV vehicle laden with explosives and later handed over to the suicide bomber, Adil Dar to carry out the attack.

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“These attacks are nothing new in this place, but we have subdued it over the past six months. I believe 100 per cent that they (militants) are under pressure from across (the border) to do something,” Malik said in an apparent reference to the Pakistan-based militant handlers.

“They (militant handlers) feel that they have lost as the terror infrastructure they had raised in last 10 years has been dismantled,” Malik added while speaking on the sidelines of a function here. “That’s why they carry out an odd attack. In such cases, the initiative obviously lies with the attacker, but still we assure you that we will uproot this menace very soon.”

The Governor asserted that the recruitment of new militants had stopped, while stone-pelting incidents after Friday prayers had also gone down considerably. “People have realised that they won’t get anywhere through all this,” asserted Malik.

The J&K Governor said militants were giving up arms and returning to the mainstream now. “The youth (militants) are coming back (to the mainstream). In fact, few days ago, two youths have come back from the terrorist fold,” informed Malik.

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The bloodshed in the valley is continuing unabated. Last year saw the highest number of militant and security forces in casualties in a decade in the valley. This year, 120 militants have been killed in various combat operations by the security forces in J&K among whom 44 belonged to the JeM outfit.

Some of the popular militants including Zakir Musa who headed Ansar -Gazwat-ul-Hind, the Kashmir wing of Taliban group was also killed along with his two associates in the valley recently. Musa had pushed for Islamic rule in Kashmir and distanced from Pakistani supporters and separatist leaders, an ISIS influenced ideology which attracted many local youths towards joining militancy.