Army says have eliminated top leadership of JeM in the Valley

Lt Gen K.S. Dhillon and IGP kashmir Sh. S.P Pani during a joint briefing by the army, the CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir police at Chinar Corps headquarters at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Sonwar area of srinagar.Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi 19/02/2019

Lt Dhillion of the Indian Army also said that Pakistan Army’s involvement in the Pulwama attack has been proved. He also had a message for mothers in Kashmir:: “Anyone who picks up guns in Kashmir will be eliminated, unless they surrender. This is a message to all the mothers of Kashmir.”

The Indian Army Tuesday confirmed that three terrorists – the leadership of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in the Kashmir Valley – were eliminated in an operation that began late Sunday night and lasted 17 hours.

Lt Gen KJS Dhillion, 15 Corps Commander, said: “I would like to inform the nation that in less than 100 hours of the Pulwama terrorist attack, we have eliminated the Jaish-e-Mohammad leadership in the Valley which was being handled by the JeM leadership in Pakistan.” Lt Dhillion also added that families in the Valley should convince their children not to pick up weapons. “Anyone who picks up guns in Kashmir will be eliminated, unless they surrender. This is a message to all the mothers of Kashmir,” he said.

Asked about the involvement of Pakistan in the attack, Lt Dhillion said the JeM was a ‘child’ of the Pakistani Army and they, as well as the ISI, had a role to play in the February 14 attacks. “There is no doubt that Pakistan Army and the ISI is involved. JeM is a child of the Pakistan Army,” he said.

On the type of explosive used in the February 14 attack, Lt Dhillion said it was a matter of investigation and details would not be made public as yet. “The type of car bomb attack that took place in Pulwama on February 14 happened after a long time in Kashmir. We will keep all options open to deal with these kinds of attacks. We have leads on the type of explosives used but I can’t share the details as an investigation is underway.”