Militants May Make A Comeback In Kashmir

Militants May Make A Comeback In Kashmir

18 March 2012
Times of India
M.Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: After militants groups issued fresh life threatening warning to the valley-based journalists, the security agencies believe that militant strikes may increase in coming months. Prominent separatist leader and Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani advised militant groups not to target the journalists and said media in Kashmir was working under difficult circumstances and should not be coerced by any side. Geelani said he was for complete freedom of press and against any sort of pressure on journalists. 'Newspapers criticize us and we not only welcome it but also accept their right to criticize, and instead of getting angry over it we try to put forth our point of view and leave it to the public to accept or reject our version,' Geelani said. Intelligence reports reveal that dozens of new locally recruited young militants are on prowl in the city to attack the prominent citizens including clergymen belonging to Barelawi school of thought. However, director general of police Kuldeep Khoda said only a negligible number of Jammu and Kashmir's youth are now joining militant outfits while a greater number are instead helping in anti-militancy operation. Earlier in the year, the total number of militants in the state was about 300 to 350. Dozens of Panchs and surpanchs were killed by the militants during last several months in south and north Kashmir. Moreover, militants made an abortive attempt to kill state minister A M Sagar in old city at Nawab Bazar in December, 2011 leaving his PSO Gulzar Ahmad dead while militants tried to target director information Farooq Renzu at the shrine of Dastigir sahib at Sariabala in Amira kadal only last Friday. The militants with the intention to hurt one prominent peer of Batamallo called Jalal-din-din Bangroo fired upon him with pistol on Saturday evening. The peer is battling for his life at sher-e-kashmir institute of medical sciences in Srinagar.