Pakistan misusing social media to lure boys to terrorism: IGP

Posted November 17, 2017

Khan said they have started a counseling campaign across Kashmir to discourage youth from joining militancy.

A soldier and a militant were killed and two security personnel injured on Tuesday in a gunfight between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district.

Parading before the media two of the militants arrested in Kulgam (the third was in hospital), Khan said, "We arrested, alive, three militants from the encounter site".

Khan identified the arrested militants as Atta Mohammad Malik, Shams ul Wiqar and Bilal Sheikh. He said that Atta was arrested in injured state and is presently under treatment in a hospital. "Most of them are either school or college dropouts", he said. We are compiling our recommendations and suggestions and will send to the government shortly. We have apprehended three militants while one was killed on the very first day.

The IGP claimed that the police had brought back many youths, who were on their way to join terrorists, into mainstream. "Non-Kashmiri militants are focused on their action and recruitment is mainly the concern of Kashmiris (militants)", he said. "I hope we will get the positive results", he said.

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Khan, while addressing a press conference here, said they had specific information about the presence of a group of six militants of LeT and Hizb in the area. "Koi rok nahi hogi (there will be no halt)", he said about the "Operation All-Out" against militants.

Responding to a question, IGP Kashmir said that youth are driven to militancy because of the influence of social media and religious factors.

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

"We should not highlight football careers et al (about militants)", he said, when asked about well-educated youth and recently an accomplished footballer from Anantnag, Majid Khan, having joined militant ranks.

Brigadier Malik said that anti-militancy operations will continue "relentlessly". Army will calibrate on application of force during the encounters and post encounter situations.