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Srinagar: Indiscriminate firing by masked militants on a CRPF convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district left at least six jawans seriously injured on Monday.

The CRPF bus was part of a convoy that was on its way to Jammu from Srinagar. The militants unleashed the attack near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara, 50 km from here, a police officer said.

The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Anantnag, the officer said, adding the area has been cordoned off and a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

There have been a number of militant attacks in Kashmir recently. Just a few weeks ago a gun fight in Kupawara took the life of Colonel Santosh Mahadik. Another gunfight in the same district left one soldier dead last week.

Two alleged ISI agents were arrested last week from Kashmir other than three from Kolkata.  India and Pakistan held an NSA level talks on Sunday in Bangkok and terror was discussed in the meet. But it seems that none of India or Pakistan is able to figure out answers to this problem.

Soldiers and civilians continue to suffer while leaders are meeting and talking about the issue. Kashmir has apparently become a bone of contention that India neither can spit now swallow.

In last one month, half a dozen of such attacks have taken place where Indian army personnel were either seriously injured or died.

The attacks on CRPF bus is yet another example when Indian soldiers were caught unaware making them an easy target. It proves that attackers had a plan, information and knowledge and executed it successfully.

(With inputs from agencies)

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“Increased Army Will Achieve Nothing” Says J&K CM

In J&K increased security is of no use

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the trend of more youths joining army will achieve nothing except increased footprints of the security forces in the state.

Addressing a convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) here, Mehbooba reacted to reports of more young people joining militant ranks.

“The increase in the number of youths picking up the gun will increase the presence of Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the police.

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Military men, Pixabay

“More the situation improves, the more we can ask the Army, the CRPF and the police to reduce their footprints (in Kashmir)”, the Chief Minister said.

Condemning the recent grenade attacks by militants in the Valley, she said: “Despite ceasefire, there are grenade attacks. They do not see that civilians are getting killed, they do not see that Army or CRPF jawans have come from far flung areas for their bread and butter. What will this achieve?

“There have been thousands of grenade attacks till now, thousands have picked up guns and become militants, but what has been achieved?” she asked.

She said through peaceful means the People’s Democratic Party had been able to persuade the opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalkote roads.

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Indian para commandos, Representational image, (Wikimedia Commons)

“If the situation improves, I promise you that we will open more such routes.”

Mehbooba made a fervent appeal to Kashmiri separatists to come forward for talks and save the state from further bloodshed and reminded them that the announcement of ceasefire by the Indian government was a step that cannot be expected always.

She said the problem can only be resolved thorough dialogue.

“This time there is an offer of dialogue from the Centre. I request all stakeholders to come forward to save Kashmir.”

Mehbooba said it was for the separatists to decide whether the youths of Kashmir should come out of the culture of stones and guns.

Also read: Pakistan army violates ceasefire at LOC in Rajouri

She also appealed to New Delhi and Islamabad to start the dialogue process in order to improve the situation since Jammu and Kashmir bears the brunt of strained relations between the two countries. (IANS)