Militants Carrying Odd Attacks, They’ve Lost Battle: Governor

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SRINAGAR — Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Wednesday militants were carrying out odd attacks on the Government forces at the behest of their handlers across the border as “they have lost the battle”.

“These attacks are nothing new in this place, but we have subdued it over the past six months. I believe 100 per cent that they (militants) are under pressure from across (the border) to do something,” Malik said in an apparent reference to the Pakistan-based militant handlers.

“They (militant handlers) feel that they have lost as the infrastructure they had raised in last 10 years has been dismantled,” he said on the sidelines of a function here. “That’s why they carry out an odd attack. In such cases, the initiative obviously lies with the attacker, but still we assure you that we will uproot this menace very soon.”

Asked about reports regarding sharing of information by Pakistan as regards possible militant attack, Governor said: “You are intelligent people and you must know there is a method in it. What they are able to stop there.”    

The governor asserted that the recruitment of new militants had stopped, while stone-pelting incidents after Friday prayers had also ended. “People have realised that they won’t get anywhere through all this,” he said.

Malik said militants were giving up arms and returning to the mainstream now. “The youth (militants) are coming back (to the mainstream). In fact, few days ago, two youths have come back from the terrorist fold,” he said.

The governor said the ground situation in Kashmir was good and a way would be found to deal with the militant attacks. “Even US, UK and France have not been able to stop such incidents. We will find a remedy to it,” he said.

He said that tourists are coming in large numbers as they know Kashmir is absolutely safe and there is no threat


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