Most-wanted Pakistani among 2 Jaish terrorists killed in J&K encounters | India News

Most-wanted Pakistani among 2 Jaish terrorists killed in J&K encounters | India News

SRINAGAR: A most-wanted Pakistani terrorist was among two more Jaish-e-Mohammad cadres gunned down in J&K’s Kulgam early Thursday as security forces wrapped up simultaneous cordon-and-search operations in this south Kashmir district and adjoining Anantnag after inflicting six casualties on the banned outfit since the previous evening. A soldier who had been reported injured in the Anantnag offensive on Wednesday died in hospital.
Lt Gen D P Pandey, general officer commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps, and IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said at a joint presser in Srinagar that the number of listed terrorists active in the Valley had dropped below 200 for the first time since the terror run in J&K started. “It is also for the first time that the number of local terrorists is below 100 – at 85 or 86,” PTI quoted IGP Kumar as saying.
Two of the six Jaish terrorists shot dead in Anantnag and Kulgam since Wednesday were part of the gang behind the December 13 attack on a police bus at Zewan that killed three cops and injured 14.
Slain Pakistani terrorist Shahid, alias Shahzaid, had been one of Jaish’s main operatives in the Valley for a long time and led a string of terror attacks on security forces and civilians. Another Pakistani intruder, identified as Sultan alias Rayees, was killed in the Kulgam operation. It wasn’t immediately clear who among the two was shot dead in the first gunfight on Wednesday.
The other terrorists killed in Kulgam and Anantnag were Mohammad Shafi Dar of Tral, Uzair Ahmad of Mirhama, Nisar Ahmad Khanday and Altaf Ahmad Shah. Nisar was identified as a “recycled” terrorist, a term denoting someone who returned to arms after surrendering once.
A couple of M4 and four AK-47 rifles, besides a large quantity of ammunition and other incriminating material, were found on the slain terrorists.
In December alone, security forces have killed 28 terrorists, five of them Pakistanis, and seized at least 15 AK-47 rifles. Eleven of them were shot dead over the past five days, including the six Jaish members.
“In the latest Anantnag operation, we lost Sepoy Jasbir Singh. Two soldiers and as many police personnel had suffered bullet injuries. The rest are now stable,” Lt Gen Pandey said.
SSP Anantnag Ashish Mishra said that based on specific information, a joint team of the police, Army and CRPF had launched the operation at Dooru in Anantnag to capture a terrorist duo hiding in a cowshed behind a cluster of houses. “Due caution was exercised and the operation was over on Thursday morning without collateral damage.”
IGP Kumar said 128 local youths had joined the terror ranks so far this year, of whom 73 had already been killed in various encounters with security forces while 16 of them had been captured.
Lt Gen. Pandey said that compared to the last two years, recruitment by terror outfits was down in 2021. “Last year, it was more than 180. It shows that there is an awakening in civil society. People have realised the futility of violence. They understand what is happening across (the border),” he said.

Assam Press