The situation in Kashmir continues to be volatile. India has told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir is an “inalienable” part of India and that no amount of “empty rhetoric” by it will change the reality.
Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is seen behind a majority of the terror attacks in the Kashmir Valley. The outfit is also responsible for provoking local Kashmiri youth to pelt stones on security forces. No doubt then that this has posed a major challenge for the Indian security forces in the Valley. In the recent period, bomb blasts, fire-fights, political assassinations and such other incidents have become a daily occurrence.
The recent collapse of the PDP-BJP political coalition in Jammu and Kashmir led to the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state for the eight time. This was the result of deteriorating security situation in the Valley. The killing of senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari, police personnel and the army soldier on his way home for Eid, prompted the government to take the action.
As per the latest development, the government is planning to tighten the noose around Kashmiri separatist leaders who were allegedly involved in terror funding and money laundering.
Amidst all this, a video of an Indian Army officer giving sensible advice to locals in South Kashmir’s Kulgam has gone viral and he deserves our appreciation for his bravery and concerns for the Kashmiri people.
In that video, the army officer can be heard advising the locals to ask their children to shun the path of violence and stone pelting saying Indian Army doesn’t want innocents to die. The video was posted on Twitter by Aditya Raj Kaul. Watch the video and listen to what the officer has said to the people here:
Brave Officer of the Indian Army giving a very sensible advise to locals in Kulgam of South Kashmir. Ask your children to shun the path of violence and stone pelting. We don’t want innocents to die. If you make such statements before terrorists, they will kill you. Army won’t. pic.twitter.com/e6vFLYNtdl
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) June 23, 2018
On June 24, it was reported that two terrorists have been killed in a gun battle with security forces in Kulgam, while the third one has surrendered with arms and ammunition. Police said that the terrorists fired at a road clearing party of the security forces in Chadder area. According to news agency PTI, the terrorists were said to be part of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Jammu and Kashmir‘s top cop SP Vaid has tweeted the incident.
Third terrorist surrenders with arms/ammunition to Police/SF.
— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) June 24, 2018
Meanwhile, it is reportedly said that the internet services have been suspended in Kulgam following the incident.