Three significant incidents have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir in recent days. A few days back, security forces avenged the terrorist attack at Sunjwan Army Camp, Jammu, by killing, Mufti Waqas, the mastermind of the attack. Waqas is a terrorist of Pakistani origin, affiliated with to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) that has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations. He is said to be to be close to Maulana Masood Azar, the founder and leader of the JeM and was infiltrated into India sometime in 2017. Apart from the Sunjwan attack, he was also responsible for many more terrorist strikes especially targeting the security forces.
The conclusion of a editorial of the Deccan Chronicle of 7, March titled, “Turmoil in J&K: Using Army isn’t the Solution,” aptly summarises the situation by saying, “The Supreme Court was right to say on Monday that the J&K authorities and state police shouldn’t treat Army personnel like “ordinary criminals” and take coercive steps against them. The court is clearly appreciative that the Army is placed in an impossible situation, which terrorists and their sympathizers easily exploit. Only the Centre can now break the pattern.”
The Army man would like nothing more than a leisurely peace posting to the Kashmir valley where he can sit back and enjoy the salubrious climate along with his family members. It is emphasized repeatedly that the Jammu and Kashmir problem can be resolved only by political means, so the politicians and the people should be called upon to do their job first and foremost.
(Jaibans Singh is a reputed security analyst, author and commentator)