Srinagar, Aug 25: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday directed the security forces operating in J&K to continue with the well-planned counter-insurgency operations to wipe-out militancy in the UT.
The Home Minister stated this while chairing a high level security review meeting in New Delhi. As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Shah appreciated the role of security forces in dealing with the militancy in J&K. He, however, directed the security forces to continue with the coordinated efforts through meticulous and well-planned counter-insurgency operations to wipe-out militancy in J&K.
The Home Minister, as per KNO also stated that people of Jammu & Kashmir would decisively defeat the proxy war with the help of security forces. Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, the National Security Advisor, AjitDoval and other senior officials of the Government of India, including the Army and Jammu & Kashmir government attended the meeting.
Sources privy to the meeting told KNO that the Home Minister expressed his satisfaction over the declining graph of militancy and local militant recruitment in J&K. “He stressed on focussed anti-militancy operations for making J&K a militancy free area,” they said, adding that he also directed the security officials to ensure zero local militant recruitment. They said that the Home Minister told the meeting that the “eco-system comprising elements that aid, abet and sustain the militant-separatist campaign to the detriment of the well-being of common man requires to be dismantled.”
“Shah reviewed the working of the security grid and on various actions being taken to reduce the incidents of militancy over the last few years. He appreciated the efforts of the security agencies and administration of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for the successful conduct of the Amarnath Yatra this year, which was held after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the sources said.
Officials said that the cases registered under the UAPA were also reviewed and it was stressed that investigation should be timely and effective. “Shah told the meeting that the agencies concerned should work on improving capacities for ensuring quality investigation. He said it is the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision to have a prosperous and peaceful Jammu & Kashmir, and to achieve this, security forces should strive to make the border and the LOC impregnable and once the fear of cross-border movement of militants, arms and ammunition is eliminated, the people of Jammu & Kashmir would decisively defeat the proxy war with the help of security forces,” the officials said—(KNO)