Army claims victory says eliminated JeM leadership in less than 100 hours after Pulwama attack

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 19, 2019, 02.43 PM(IST) Written By: Ieshan Bashir Wani

File photo: Lt General KJS Dhillon and SP Pani, IG, J&K Police. Photograph:( ANI )

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Dhillon said that since the attack on CRPF convoy, forces were tracking Jaish leadership in Kashmir adding that the attack was controlled by Pakistan army and Interservice intelligence. 

Giving a strong message to terrorists and Pakistan, after the Pulwama attack, top officials of the security forces on Tuesday said that anyone who picks up the gun will be killed. 

The joint press conference was chaired by newly appointed Chinar Corps Commander, Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, apart from IG Kashmir police, SM Pani and IG Operations CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan. 

Dhillon said that since the attack on CRPF convoy, forces were tracking Jaish leadership in Kashmir adding that the attack was controlled by Pakistan army and Interservice intelligence. 

On Pulwama attack:

After the attack on CRPF convoy which claimed 40 lives, Dhillon said that in less than 100 hours, they eliminated the top operational commander of JeM Kamran. "I'm happy to inform you that we have hit this module and eliminated them. 

Sources had earlier told WION that since the attack, forces were on toes to hit the terrorists involved in the attack. This was the deadliest attack that was witnessed in Kashmir in more than two decades.   

Giving details about the injuries and damage forces suffered, Corps Commander said that all officers who were injured yesterday are stable and out of danger. "All officers led from the front, the brigadier who is injured, had cut short his leave and joined the operations directly after flying back," he said adding that forces maintained calm to avoid civilian casualties. 

He said that there was an excellent synergy between the police, CRPF and the Indian army which has yielded good results. 

Appeal to local terrorists:

Asking mothers to ask their sons to leave the path of violence, Dhillon made an appeal to the terrorists to surrender or get killed. "I want to tell local youth who have picked guns and especially their mothers, to please request their sons to surrender and get back to the mainstream. Anyone who has picked the gun, he will be eliminated," he told media. He added that authorities have a good surrender policy. 

The inspector general of police Kashmir range, SP Pani added that the youth have come back and joined the mainstream, however they wouldn't give details about them as they may face a backlash. 

On investigation:

The officials, however, declined to diverge details about the investigation, saying that this was an ongoing process and details will be shared at right time. However, sources had told WION that the explosive used in the attack could have been locally purchased but needed a chemical expert to put it all together. 

Remember, agencies suspect that an Afghan war veteran named Abdul Rashid Ghazi is another brain behind the attack, as the vehicle bound attacks are frequently witnessed in Afghanistan. Forces believe that he had entered Kashmir in December and was an IED expert. 

Dhillon said that they are ready to deal with anything after the exit of U.S forces from Afghanistan as fear looms that Pakistan may send expert terrorists to the valley to inflict more harm, given their expertise. 

"These types of car bombs happened in the past but this was different. We have seen such attacks in Syria and other counties. We are ready to deal with such attack," he added. 

About Jaish-e-Mohammed:

Dhillon said that Jaish was the brainchild of Pakistan army and are being controlled by them including the ISI and there seems to be a clear involvement of Pakistan in the attack. "The attack was masterminded by Pakistan, JeM and ISI. We have leads but wouldn’t share details," Dhillon said. 

There have been reports of attacks on Kashmiri students and residents who are living outside valley following the Pulwama attack, although MHA has issued advisories to states to prevent such attacks, IG CRPF Operations, Zulfiqar Hasan asked people to reach out to them at 14411 to help them if they feel unsafe.