2 Pakistanis among 3 Jaish terrorists killed in Srinagar | India News

2 Pakistanis among 3 Jaish terrorists killed in Srinagar | India News

SRINAGAR: Two Pakistani terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed and one of its Kashmiri hands involved in the December 13 attack on a police bus in Srinagar’s Zewan were gunned down early on Friday after an overnight shootout at Pantha Chowk in the J&K capital. Three policemen and a CRPF personnel were wounded in the operation.
Kashmir range IGP Vijay Kumar said the slain JeM terrorist Suhail Ahmed Rather of Pampore in Pulwama district had played an active role in the Zewan bus attack that left three policemen dead and 14 wounded. The identity of the two Pakistanis were yet to be ascertained. No one has come forward to claim their bodies.
The shootout happened after a joint team of J&K cops and CRPF personnel cordoned off an area in Pantha Chowk based on information that terrorists were holed up there. When the team closed in, the terrorists opened fire and gave away their positions. They were killed in return fire.
Praising the security forces for the successful mission on the last day of the year, IGP Kumar said among many challenges in 2021 the peaceful burial of top separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani after his death on September 1 stands out as a major achievement.
According to him, the biggest test in 2022 will be tackling “hybrid” or part-time terrorists—like a boy next door who has been radicalised and kept on standby mode or a person not formally part of a terrorist outfit, but assists them in their activities.
“After examining CCTV footage, it was observed that young boys aged 17 carry out attacks on security forces. They aren’t categorized anywhere, neither do we have their photographs in police stations,” the IGP said. Police have discovered such activities of nearly two dozen youngsters in 2021, he said, though politicians disapprove of the term “hybrid” terrorists.
The No. 2 challenge will be prevent policemen from becoming soft targets. “Terrorists attack unarmed policemen. A few were killed when they were coming out of places of worship, some while on their way to markets, or some when they were resting,” he said.
The IGP said almost all top “commanders” were among 171 terrorists killed in 2021, while 168 terrorists were currently active in Kashmir and the number of locals and foreign operatives is almost equal. “We have a list of 25 hybrid, uncategorised terrorists.”
Besides, 34 civilians were killed in 2021 against 37 last year. “There was no collateral damage during encounters. Not a single civilian was killed in law and order incidents,” the IGP said.
Like the J&K Police special investigation team (SIT) that warned people and politicians against making “speculative statements” about the November 15 Hyderpora shootout that left two terrorists and two residents “used as human shields” dead, IGP Kumar said “political leaders should refrain from instigating people by terming police probes as false”.
He said families of slain people can demand a probe by NIA, CBI and others if they are dissatisfied with police investigations.

Assam Press