Army on right track to root out militancy from Kashmir

Shubham sharma
[ June 14, 2017 ] Thirteen jawans were injured when terrorists carried out a series of attacks on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The six attacks came in a span of four hours on Tuesday. Four service rifles were also looted by the terrorist’s .DGP SP Vaid said there was intelligence input about terror attacks on the 17th day of Ramzan on Tuesday and the anniversary of Battle of Badr, the first battle of Islam which took place in March 624 AD, and all necessary precautions were taken. A grenade was thrown at a CRPF camp at Ladiyar in Tral area of Pulwama district. Ten paramilitary jawans were injured in the attack. Two jawans were seriously injured, but they are out of danger. In the second attack, the militants opened fire on the security personnel guarding the residence of a retired high court judge at Anchidora in Anantnag district, resulting in injuries to two cops. The police chief said the terrorists snatched four self-loading rifles from the policemen posted there. The third attack took place on a CRPF camp at Padgampora in Pulwama, but no one was hurt in it as the grenade thrown by the militants exploded mid-air. The terrorists also threw a grenade at Pulwama police station, resulting in minor injuries to a policeman. Another attack took place near Bomai in North Kashmir"s Sopore, but no damage was caused. Now, there is a need of an hour to stress more on army’s analysis also. Few months ago, the army chief, General Bipin Rawat, has also revealed that the local population is somehow not supportive of the actions of the security forces. This should be a cause of alarm to the central government, which is also a partner in the state government. It is one thing to believe that there are elements being sent from across the Line of Control that are causing mischief in Kashmir. It is quite another to admit that the entire population is against army. Army is conducting people friendly operations, the manner in which the local population is preventing army from conducting the operations, at times even supporting the terrorists to escape. These are also some factors which are leading to higher casualties among the security forces. The BJP and Congress are now fighting over the issue, giving irresponsible statements in different media panels. We should understand that the unrest in the state cannot be solved by demonetization only. There are much deeper causes. Unfortunately, it does not appear that the new army chief understands them. Army’s idea is not to kill the young boys. Army’s idea is to bring them into the mainstream. Militancy is generally associated with politico-socio-economic problems but in the case of J&K, the Pakistan factor (now fully backed by China) outweighs all other factors. Adoption of the wahabi-salafi culture in Pakistan has been institutionalized in Pakistan past several years. Pervez Hoodbhoy, nuclear physicist at Qaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, wrote in 2008, “The promotion of militarism in Pakistan’s schools, colleges and universities has had a profound effect on young people. Militant jihad has become a part of the culture in college and university campuses, with armed groups inviting students for jihad in Kashmir and Afghanistan”. It is this same wahabi-salafi culture that Pakistan has been able to induce in the Kashmir Valley, gradually but consistently, using clerics and Huriiyat separatist leaders — infiltrating trained terrorists, arms, narcotics and money. Insistence of our intelligence agencies over the years that Hurriyat separatists are “irrelevant” has helped Pakistan’s ISI. ISIS and Pakistan flags were being waived and hoisted periodically during Friday prayers and during anti-India rallies without any action against any individuals and Hurriyat separatists were visiting and getting briefed by Abdul Basit at the Pakistani High Commission. Pakistan therefore practically had a free hand to wage psychological war to inflame the youth of J&K.It is an open secret that militants in J&K are being financed by China and Chinese have established huge control over Kashmiri separatist leaders. Last year, the discovery of Chinese flags from terrorist hideouts in Baramulla and appearance of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) soldiers on Pakistani posts on the line of control (LoC) provides further evidence of China’s nefarious designs. China supports Pakistan’s anti-India jihad and the fact that Pakistan continues to link the situation in Afghanistan with Kashmir without any basis whatsoever, indicates Pakistan will continue to stoke the fires in J&K to the best of its ability.Last year, Pakistan has pumped in some Rs. 60 crore into J&K for terrorism. But then look at the way India has been pampering the Hurriyat separatists, which any self-respecting country would never do. Earlier, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reports of 2013 revealed that Kashmiri terrorist groups had received $100 million for terror operations in past two years, over the past 10 years some Rs. 600 crore were diverted to J&K terrorism from within India, some Rs. 98 crore were diverted in one single year from the J&K Affectees Fund, and that the J&K affecters Relief Trust (JKART) has been facilitating Pakistani infiltration into J&K. Recent raids of NIA proved all the funding allegations. Besides, goods sent through trucks to PoK were intentionally overpriced two to three times in the vouchers and additional money received was diverted for terrorist operations. It is unthinkable that J&K politicians did not get share of this. Under the NIA Act, the NIA can take over any case related to terror suo motu except in J&K where it needs the state government’s permission before it can start any investigation. Few years ago, J&K Governor N.N. Vohra had suggested that the Ranbir Penal Code be brought under the NIA Act, but whether this has been affected is not known. Why we continue to pamper the separatists is also a mystery. According to 2015 media reports, the J&K Government spent over Rs. 506 crore on Hurriyat separatist in last five years including travel, hotel stay and meetings with Abdul Basit and his cohorts at Delhi. In addition, the Centre reportedly spent around Rs. 7,207 crore on security related issues — and Hillary Clinton once accused Pakistan of breeding snakes in the backyard. Demonetisation has brought relative peace to J&K, for whatever period of time, because the separatists are unable to pay daily stone-pelting wages to their ‘street gangs’. But significantly the police have recovered not only fake Rs. 100 notes but also machines owned by local criminal gangs for printing fake currency. So if Rs. 100 notes too are being faked, then these could be used for stone-pelting, even if the number of ‘employees’ reduces. Besides, payments received via hawala are generally never traced, as per police officials. Additionally, production of fake Indian currency in Pakistan is in government mints. No matter which paper and ink used in the new Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 notes, these being faked by Pakistan at a future date can hardly be ruled out. Chinese assistance to Pakistan in faking our new currency notes can also be taken for granted, being within ambit of the Chinese concept of ‘Unrestricted Warfare’.