Are you Mujahids or proxies of Pakistan? Army asks militants in J&K

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that five militants were killed in the ongoing gunfight. PTI File

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that five militants were killed in the ongoing gunfight. PTI File

"One IAF (India Air Force) soldier was killed and another army soldier was injured".

"As the search approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter", they said.

"The General identified one of the terrorists killed as Osama Jungvi or Owaid, a nephew of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and probably the son of Zakiur Rehman Makki".

"We inducted special forces into the area and in addition along with the intelligence network and police and the CRPF, the law and order in Hajin was brought under control", he said.

In a major setback to terrorism in Kashmir valley, particularly in North Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces on Saturday wiped out a group of six Pakistani cadres of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba in a fierce gunbattle that also claimed life of a Garud Commando of the Indian Air Force at Hajin, in Bandipore district.

The top police officer also added in another tweet that Lashkar commanders Zargam and Mehmood have also been killed in the operation.

The security forces informed that 66 militants were killed on Line of Control, while 130 were killed in the hinterland this year, with over 210 militants still active across the state.

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He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.

The GoC informed that almost 210 militants were now active in the valley among whom 100 were foreigners. "This might be a reason that some of them are sending their kin to Kashmir", he said. "This has resulted in a remarkable change in the situation", he further added.

"We look forward to continue the operations and hope to restore peace in the valley as soon as possible", he said.

Speaking on the occasion, J&K DGP S P Vaid said they would request Pakistan to take bodies of the Pakistani militants killed in Hajin gunfight. He said Hajin was an area of concern because of heavy militant presence but they launched a number of operations since September and tasted success.

Lt General J.S. Sandhu, who heads the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told reporters: "With the elimination of six of its terrorist commanders yesterday (Saturday), the top leadership of LeT in the Valley has been wiped out".

"Hajin was an area of concern for us as the militancy was reviving there". It is easy to call yourself "mujahid", but are you a mujahid or a proxy of Pakistan, he asked.

IGP of CRPF, Zulfikar said that after the surrender by the local footballer Majid Mir, we are getting feelers from local militants about their intention to surrender. "We are ready to receive them in an honorable manner", he said. "We have opened helpline numbers so that contact can be established with us by those who want to come back".

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