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Terrorists losing local support in Kashmir, Pakistan could target mainland India: Govt sources

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The violent tide of events in Jammu and Kashmir is nearing an end and Pakistan might try to strike in mainland India, top government sources told India Today.

Sudhi Ranjan Sen | Posted by Pranav Dixit

The violent tide of events in Jammu and Kashmir is nearing an end and Pakistan’s ability to influence events in Jammu and Kashmir is at an all time low, but it could strike in mainland India, top government sources told India Today.

With elections in border of state of Gujarat round the corner, the government is keep a hawk eye and it’s fingers-crossed.

According to government’s assessment, local support for separatist and terrorist is now at its lowest. “The local population that was feeling boxed by separatist and sudden increase in the number of terrorist is now more emboldened,” senior government officials monitoring the situation in valley said.

The assessment of the government, accessed by India Today, says terrorist have ‘failed to mount’ any major attack since September 2016, when the Uri Brigade Headquarters was attacked in which 19 soldiers were killed. The recent casualties suffered by security forces have all been in counter-terror operations.

At least 202 terrorist have been killed in 2017 alone – one of the highest number in recent years.

TERRORISTS ON THE RUN

“Terrorist are on the run, officials said. Information and intelligence about movements of terrorist is reaching security forces much faster and easily in the last few months. This shows that the local population have decided work with us,” senior officials told India Today.

Last night when three LeT terrorists sneaked into a house in Wuchar area in northern Kashmir’s Handwara on Tuesday, the security forces were tipped-off immediately by the locals allowing them to launch an operation swiftly.

Owaid, nephew of Zaki-Ur-Rehman, the operations chief of LeT was killed in Bandipora in an counter terror operation last week following a similar rip-off.

On the other hand, the fact that enforcement agencies have cracked down on slush funds being used by separatist leaders to fund their not so frugal life has also had positive resonance among the people, the assessment of the government says.

For Pakistan, the rapid changes couldn’t have come at a worse time. It is facing massive protest from people in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir and has been ‘boxed in internationally’ as well. Pakistan’s ability to influence events in the valley is at all time low. “We are concerned that there may be attempts to strike in mainland India,” sources told India Today.

ROAD MAP FOR JAMMU AND KASHMIR

The recently appointed New Delhi’s interlocutor will be engaging the common people and the social groups.
“Separatists and the terrorist had hemmed in a large section of the people in the valley, the interlocutor will be engaging them and whenever possible extending a helping hand. Importantly, the interlocutor will also be reaching out to the youth whose interaction with and understanding of India has been shaped by separatists, terrorist and the Indian security forces.” Top sources told India Today.

“The counter-terror operations in the valley will continue. There will be no let-up on the pressure on terrorist,” sources added.

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