IGP reiterates 'commitment' to local militants who want to 'rejoin their families'

Lucy Bush
November 17, 2017

Two militants were produced before the media as the operation was still continuing in the area.

Speaking to the media, the Inspector General of Police said, "One local militant, Atta Mohammad Malik, was badly injured during the encounter and could have died but the jawans, despite losing one of their associates in the encounter, rushed him (the militant) to the hospital, where he is now out of danger".

Pertinently, a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant and an army man were killed during the gunfight that eruptd on Monday evening in the same area. "So the search operation is on", he said. Khan was addressing a press conference while presenting the nabbed militants before the media.

The police chief said that they were working on the policy for rehabilitation of the militants, who want to join back their families.

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Replying to a question, he said it is a point of discussion on what was the driving force or lure behind youths joining militants.

The other two arrested militants are identified as Shams ul Wiqar and Bilal Sheikh. According to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan is using social media to recruit militants in Kashmir valley.

The security forces have recently arrested three militants. "Now we will ask him what drove him to join militants", Khan said about Shams-ul-Viqar, an alumnus of the elite DPS school and a top athlete.

IG CRPF at the occasion said there is a greater synergy between all the security forces to conduct anti-militancy operations.

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He said "religious exploitation" was another reason for youth to join militancy.

The officer said that the youth in the age group of 15 years to 25 years were vulnerable to be exploited as they find it hard to differentiate between right and wrong.

"We will continue to offer the surrender option to militants caught in an encounter if they raise their hands up for it", Mr. Khan said. "The government is very keen and has sought suggestions from us, which we are compiling", he said. He said Army will calibrate on application of force during the encounters and post encounter situations.

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