Naveen Bharat Editorial
Srinagar: Security experts are sensing a change in the pattern of terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir as four non-Muslim civilians have been killed in the Valley in the last five days. They feel that the terrorists are aiming to create fear among minority communities and recreate the situation in Kashmir in the early 1990s.
“Yes, there is a pattern in violence. This is to create panic and gain relevance on the part of terrorist organizations operating under the umbrella of ISI,” said Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain TNIE.
He said terrorist organizations may aim to recreate the situation in the early 1990s, to tolerate political Islam through the elimination of minorities. Lt Gen Hasnain, who also served as GOC of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said, “It may have been successful to an extent then, but today we are far more inclined not to fall prey to the designs of our adversaries. are strong.”
Retired J&K police chief SP Vaid said the terrorists kept changing their plans. “Earlier they were targeting BJP leaders and now they are targeting members of the minority community. They want to spread fear and terror,” he said. Vaid said there has been a clear change in the pattern of violence as terrorists seek to contain their casualties by avoiding direct confrontation with security personnel and targeting easy targets. The former police chief said the killings would continue till the militant group involved in such killings was wiped out.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that due to the large number of terrorists being killed, their bosses got frustrated and changed their strategy. “In all such cases, terrorists have been using pistols. These acts have been committed by newly recruited extremists or people joining militant ranks.”