Three Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, including 'Kamran', who was suspected to be linked to the February 14 terror attack on CRPF convoy, were killed in a fierce 16-hour encounter, in which an Army major and four security forces personnel lost their lives in south Kashmir on Monday.
The bloody gun battle left a civilian dead in the crossfire, besides injuries to Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Kashmir) Amit Kumar, a Brigadier, a Lt Colonel, a Major and four other ranks of the Army unit which carried the operation in the Pinglan area of Pulwama district, 12 km from Thursday's audacious attack on CRPF personnel which left 40 jawans dead.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police was on the lookout for Kamran, the so-called divisional commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed for Pulwama, Tral and Awantipora areas of South Kashmir after a suicide bomber belonging to the terror group drove his explosives-laden vehicle and detonated himself near a CRPF bus last week.
Dilip Trivedi, former director general of CRPF; Radha Kumar, former interlocutor of J&K and Vishnu Prakash, former diplomat, discussed whether the country can ensure that terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir don't get support from across the border?
"It is a matter of satisfaction that we have been able to get the mastermind of this operation. So definitely it is a matter of satisfaction. However, as a strategy, killing terrorists is not the main issue. We have to see how we get at the root of terrorism," Trivedi said.
Kumar said, "It's ludicrous to everyone to paint with this one brush of terrorism. To give no scope for any expression of anger is the hallmark of a lack of democracy. The fact that we are simply unwilling to talk to any Kashmiri and I cannot understand it. How is it possible that you will not talk to anybody? Look at today’s headlines where you are taking away security from the moderate Hurriyat people who have engaged time and again in peace talks, why are you doing this?"
Prakash said, "We need a multi-pronged approach. Nothing is going to happen overnight. We have to look for the long haul. I am tired of some of our experts talking of isolating Pakistan. One cannot isolate a country of Pakistan size. It is the sixth or seventh largest country in the world. I do not see why we should not approach the United Nations to declare Pakistan a terrorist state and a sponsor of terrorism."