‘Leaderless’ Jaish almost wiped out in Valley: army commander

‘Leaderless’ Jaish almost wiped out in Valley: army commander

SRINAGAR: In the first four months of this year the Jaish-e-Mohammed has been severely crippled, almost wiped out in the Valley in absence of leadership, a top army commander in Kashmir said on Wednesday.
Addressing a joint presser alongside J&K Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, revealed that 69 militants have been killed and 12 arrested this year so far.
Giving details, he said that after the Pulwama suicide blast that killed more than 40 CRPF soldiers, 41 militants were killed in Kashmir. Of them, 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed including 13 Pakistanis and A+ category militants. Government forces classify militants in categories and the categorisation depends on rank of a militant. Militant leaders fall in A+ category and they carry bounty of above 12 lakh rupees.
Dhillon claimed the army targeted the Jaish leadership so much that “no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley”.
“Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM,” the GoC said, appealing to local youth who have taken up arms to renounce militancy.
“The operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up,” he asserted.
Replying to a query about the ban on civilian traffic on the national highway, he described it as “temporary”.
According to the army commander, recruitment of local militants has also come down.
DGP Dilbagh Singh corroborated this, saying there had been a decline in recruitment of Kashmiri youth into militant outfits.
“2018 had been generally a successful year. There has been less law and order problem. We brought many youth back to home who had joined militancy,” Singh said.
He expressed satisfaction at the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. “Elections have been conducted peacefully in the state,” he said. “Voter turnover of 13 percent in Anantnag district is not less. People voted despite threats and it also showed that no one can be forced to vote.”