1 militant killed, 3 arrested in ongoing Kund encounter

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Pakistan has started a relentless social media campaign to lure youth to join militancy in Kashmir, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Range, Muneer Ahmad Khan said at a press conference here on Thursday.

"We stand by our commitment to local terrorists that they can surrender at any time, even during an encounter, and return to lead a normal life after facing the law", the IGP told reporters here. He said that Atta was arrested in injured state and is presently under treatment in a hospital.

The security forces have recently arrested three militants. Also we lost one army Jawan in the operation.

"All militants will be welcome if they want to join their families and the mainstream".

Several of them arrested from Kupwara while on their way to get arms training, he said. The IGP Kashmir said that youth are driven to militancy because of the influence of social media and religious factors. He said the new "surrender policy would offer 'rehabilitation of the militants who shun the path of violence and join mainstream"'.

Replying to a question, he said it is a point of discussion on what was the driving force or lure behind youths joining militants.

Majid’s mother Ashiya Begum
Majid’s mother Ashiya Begum

"These youth can't understand what is right or wrong for them", he said. "Now we will ask him what drove him to join militants", Khan said about Shams-ul-Viqar, an alumnus of the elite DPS school and a top athlete.

"We are expecting two more militants there". The recommendations would later send it to the government for approval. "There is complete coordination between the all three forces, the police, Army and the CRPF", he added.

The joint operation was launched after the specific information about the presence of a joint group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants in the forest area of of Haalan-Kund was received. "They are welcome and we will take care of them".

Khan said that police were "seriously working" and expected "positive results" in the near future.

Khan said this operation was a fine example of excellent coordination between various security agencies.

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