February 2019 News

Surrender Or We Will Kill You: Army Commander To Militants

19 February 2019
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: The Army's top commander in Kashmir on Tuesday said the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants behind the February 14 suicide bombing in Pulwama have been killed within 100 hours of the deadly attack. 'The suicide attack was carried out by the Jaish with active support of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army. Within 100 hours of the Pulwama attack, we hit the JeM which was being handled by the Pakistan-based JeM,' Lt Gen KJS Dhillon said. In a joint press conference with J&K Police and CRPF, Lt Gen Dhillon also issued a stern warning to militants and their sympathisers in the state, saying the militants should listen to the appeals of their mothers and return. 'Mother has great role to play in Kashmiri society. Through you (media), I would request the mothers of Kashmir to please request their sons who've joined militancy to surrender and get back to mainstream. Anyone who has picked up gun will be killed, unless he surrenders.' 'The army will show no mercy and eliminate them wherever they are caught,' he added. Giving details of the attack, Dhillon said the car bomb happened after a long time in Kashmir. 'We will keep all options open to deal with these kinds of attacks.' Inspector General of Police Kashmir SP Pani said there is a significant dip in militant recruitment in Jammu and Kashmir. 'We have not see any recruitment in last three months. The families are playing a huge role. We would like to urge the families and the community in curtailing the militant recruitment,' he said. IG CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said that the forces helpline-14411 has been helping Kashmiris across the country in wake of this attack. 'Lot of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for help all over the country. All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces.' IG CRPF said the Pulwama suicide bombing took place because of an IED laden civilian car. 'The ROP had secured the highway. Now, we are mulling to change SOP on civilian cars to avoid such incidents.'