‘Alarming trend of terrorists using Mosques to hide in Kashmir’

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Security Conference meeting on situation on Kashmir held today

Srinagar: There is an “alarming trend” of Pakistani and Pakistan-supported terrorists in Kashmir taking refuge in Mosques and Madrassas before or after committing terror activities in an attempt to create communal disturbance.

This was noted at a joint security conference of Army and Police today, chaired by the Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps to discuss security related issues in the Valley, according to a Defence Ministry spokesperson.

At the meet, the recent terror attacks on civilians and personnel of security forces were discussed in detail, he said.

The forces voiced concern on children of young age being manipulated by people with nefarious designs with drugs and false narratives, he said.

It was noted at the conference that there is an “alarming trend of the terrorists taking refuge in Masjids and Madrassas prior or after the act of committing terror activities in an attempt to create communal disturbance,” the spokesperson said.

The issue of drug menace in Kashmir and its negative effects was also deliberated upon.

The Corps Commander and the IGP urged the parents to reach out to their children and help arrest this regressive evil, the spokesperson said.

Among the myriad of issues discussed in the forum, the aspect of secure and smooth conduct of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra in the forthcoming summer factored prominently, he said.

The yatra this year is expected to draw large number of pilgrims as it is being resumed after a gap of two years due to the COVID restrictions.

The agencies deliberated on the safety measures to be put in place and synergised efforts at ensuring a smooth flow of traffic of yatris and provision of administrative and medical assistance from available resources.

The meeting, held in Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was attended by all senior Army including GOCs, Sector Commanders and COs as well as senior police officers in Kashmir Division including the IGP, DIGs North, Central and South Kashmir, SSPs and SPs of all districts.