Militants In J&K Facing ‘Leadership Crisis’: Defence Minister


NEW DELHI — There is a “crisis of leadership and resources” among militants in Jammu and Kashmir and the state forces have kept the militants under check, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, the minister said an NIA probe is on into the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack.

“Once the probe is over, only then can an answer in this regard be given by the Home Ministry,” he informed the House after members asked if there was any intelligence or security lapse in the suicide attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

“In Jammu and Kashmir, our forces are maintaining best coordination between the Army, central armed forces, JK Police and intelligence.

“The state forces have kept a check on their activities. I want to tell you that as of now, there is a crisis of leadership and resources among the militants,” Singh told Rajya Sabha.

He said the fatal casualties suffered by Army personnel during militant attacks/tactical action in 2018 were 12, while the same were 13 in 2017 and six in 2016.

The minister said there are four types of casualties in the Army – infiltration bids eliminated, counter militancy operations, militancy initiated incidents and tactical actions.

He said the casualties he mentioned earlier pertained to tactical actions and total casualties in other activities could be more.

“All the forward posts are adequately strengthened to withstand militant attacks. Continuous improvements, including the use of modern technology, in the defences are made to make them more robust and resilient.

“The Army also carries out indepth analysis of  militancy related incidents and security breaches that are identified with various incidents,” Rajnath Singh said in his written reply.

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