Published On: Tue, Feb 19th, 2019

Top Jaish leadership eliminated within 100 hours of Pulwama attack: Army

Srinagar: The Indian Army on Tuesday said that all the top leadership of Pakistan based terror oufit, Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has been eliminated by security forces in the Kashmir Valley within 100 hours of Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were martyred.

We were tracking the top JeM cadres ever since February 14

Addressing a joint press conference with the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force at the Badamibagh Cantonment Headquarters of Army’s 15 corps, Lieutenant General, KJS Dhillion, commander of the Chinar Corps said: “In less than 100 hours of the terror attack in Pulwama, we have eliminated the top leadership of the JeM that was being directly handled by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army.

“We were tracking the top JeM cadres ever since February 14. The Pulwama terror attack was coordinated by the JeM cadres in Pakistan and the Pakistan Army,” he said.

In the biggest crackdown after the February 14 attack by a suicide bomber that left 40 CRPF troopers dead in Pulwama district, the security forces ringed a terrorist hideout in Pinglena village, just 10 km from the Thursday’s terror attack site, triggering a gun battle in wee hours of Monday that ended the same day in the evening.

They killed three terrorists of the Pakistan Army-backed JeM, two of them Pakistani nationals identified as Kamran and Abdul Rashid alias Ghazi Umar.

However, during the course of the operation, a Major, three soldiers were also martyred in the initial burst of gunfire by the hiding terrorists.

“In yesterday’s (Monday) operation in Pulwama, we have killed Kamran, who was the operational commander of the JeM in Kashmir together with another Pakistani and a local terrorist of the outfit.”

On Monday’s operation, the Corps Commander said it was the result of complete synergy between the Army, state police and the CRPF.

The senior-most army officer in the Valley did not accept that there was any security lapse that led to the Pulwama terror strike.

“What the terrorists have succeeded in doing is only one or two per cent of what was denied to them because of the alertness of the security forces.

“There was no restriction on movement of civilian traffic when the lone terrorist managed to get on to the highway and hit the CRPF bus.

“Restrictions on civilian traffic during movement of convoys of security forces are in place now,” he said.

Answering a question on the number of security force personnel killed and injuries in Sunday-Monday’s operation, the Corps Commander said that the security forces took casualties because their first priority was to ensure that no civilian life was lost.

“We took injuries on our chin to ensure protection to civilians in the area.

“You all know that except for the one civilian casualty that happened when the operation started, the security forces ensured that no civilian casualty occurred during such a long-drawn operation.

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