Fatigue and frustration among militants behind no impact over Musa’s killing: Guv

Fatigue and frustration among militants behind no impact over Musa’s killing: Guv

Srinagar: Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has said that there is fatigue and frustration among militants in Kashmir and that is the reason for ‘no impact over killing of Zakir Musa.’

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Mr. Malik, who was in Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday, told The Hindu, “there is fatigue and frustration among the militants. If you recall, after Burhan Wani was killed in 2016, there was unrest for more than three months. A few days ago, [Zakir] Musa was killed [and] there was no impact even for three days.”

Malik also said that though the priority was to kill Pakistan-trained militants, a large number of locals were killed as they had joined the ranks of militants.

Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa was the chief of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGuH).

After former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in a police encounter on June 8, 2016, militancy-related incidents spiked in the Valley, and hundreds of youth joined militant groups in the past three years.

A shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley  and other parts last month after Musa was killed by government forces in an encounter.

Widespread protests were reported across the valley following Musa’s killing, with south Kashmir shutting down in protest for days. Scores of youth across north and south Kashmir received injuries during clashes with forces.

A senior police officer said there had been a sharp decline in militant recruitments this year.(The Hindu)

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