More than 300 ultras in Valley

More than 300 ultras in Valley

With more than 300 terrorists in the Kashmir valley, security agencies are sensing more trouble, unless a political process sets in immediately.

While the number of foreign terrorists crossed 100 months ago, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa Zakir Musa, the successor of Burhan Wani, was recently seen with top commanders from Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed in photographs.

Musa succeeded Wani, killed in July last year, triggering a wave of unrest in the Valley.

Last month, he posted a video on social media urging stone-pelters to continue their activities in the name of Islam.

“If the number of foreign terrorists crossed the 500 mark, it will be very difficult to control the situation in the Valley. The situation is worsening every day and the dialogue process has to take off as early as possible,” a defence ministry source told DH.

As the snow melts in the higher reaches, the cross-border movement will also rise, triggering more unrest by June-end.

The number of stone-pelters also will increase after the results of class X and class XII boards are out. The anti-India elements are likely to target those who fail the exams.

In a clear signature to the heightened tension between India and Pakistan, as many as 59 ceasefire violations were recorded along the Line of Control (LoC) in the first three and half months of 2017.

These firings are often intended to provide cover for infiltrators.

In comparison, 228 ceasefire violations were recorded across the LoC in 2016 in addition to 221 such incidents along the international border manned by the BSF. Anticipating troubles, the army has strengthened the counter-terrorism grid and adopted new strategies to control crowd.

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