Lieutenant General Dhillon said a total of 69 terrorists have been killed in 2019. (File Photo: ANI)
The Indian Army has gunned down 41 terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir since Pulwama attack which claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel, said Indian Army Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon on Wednesday. Out of those killed, 25 terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed and 13 of them were Pakistanis.
"We have targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leadership, the situation now is that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley. Even after Pakistan's best efforts, we will continue to suppress Jaish, especially after Pulwama. Operations against the terrorists will continue with full vigor and we will not let terrorism rise up," Lieutenant General Dhillon said.
KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps: Total 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis. pic.twitter.com/IYkBLXs1TR— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019
The Army officer also said that a total of 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. He also asked youth to shun terrorism and surrender.
"There is no leadership for Jaish anymore in the valley...I would request all the local youth to come and surrender," he added.
Meanwhile, Jammu & Kashmir police has arrested a Pakistani terrorist who had been operating in Srinagar for more than a year. He wanted to resurrect militancy in the Baramulla district.
SSP Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom: His name is Mohammad Waqar, a resident of Mohalla Miana, Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan. He came here in July 2017 by crossing the border, he was operating in Srinagar for over a year. His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla. pic.twitter.com/BWUEkdQj50— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019
The police say the terrorist, Mohammad Waqar, crossed the border in July 2017. However, it did not mention the exact date on his arrest.
Waqar is a resident of Mohalla Miana, Mianwai, in Pakistan's Punjab, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Abdul Qayoom said.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh also emphasised that recruitment of local youth has dropped significantly.
“Recruitment of local youth continues to be low, it is a healthy sign. 272 terrorists were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended,” the DGP said.