DG BSF warns Pak against aggression in Kashmir

BSF officials paying floral tributes to killed ASI at Humhama in Srinagar on Wednesday. (UNI)
BSF officials paying floral tributes to killed ASI at Humhama in Srinagar on Wednesday. (UNI)

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Oct 4: Director General (DG) of Border Security Force (BSF) KK Sharma today warned Pakistan against its aggression in Kashmir and said as long as it doesn’t behave attacks like that on BSF camp near Srinagar Airport will continue while security forces launched a massive operation in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district against militants, who killed a BSF jawan.
Speaking to reporters after participating in the wreath-laying ceremony of a killed BSF officer, Director General (DG) KK Sharma said that as long as Pakistan doesn’t behave, attacks like that on BSF camp will continue.  “As long as our ‘friendly neighbour’ does not behave, I think we will expect to have many more attacks”, he said.
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Sharma said that the attackers were targeting arms and ammunition stored at the BSF camp. “Fidayeens cannot be stopped from coming, so the response is important. Without causing collateral damage and without causing much harm to our own forces, we were able to neutralise. BSF has done a good job,” he said.
Earlier security forces paid floral tributes to an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of Border Security Force (BSF), who was killed in a fidayeen attack near Srinagar Airport.
An official spokesman said that BSF Director General K K Sharma, senior officers of BSF and other security force agencies paid rich tribute to the valor of the martyred jawan. “Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and Minister for Education Altaf Bukhari were among other senior civil dignitaries who also paid floral tributes to the martyr”, he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister said it was just frustration of the militants because of successful operations carried out by the security forces. He also condemned the killing of civilians and policemen by militants.
Security forces today launched a massive cordon and search operation in Hajin area of Bandipora district in North Kashmir against the Lashkar-e-Toiba militants who were responsible for the killing of a Border Security Force jawan and targeting his family.
A joint operation was launched  by Army’s 13-Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 9 Para, 45 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police following movement of LeT militants, majority of them foreigners, in Hajin town and adjacent villages.
Around 1500 security men were involved in the operation which included SOG Handwara, SOG Kupwara, SOG Bandipora, SOG Hajin  and SOG Rafiabad.
Security forces cordoned off entire 17 Mohalla’s of Hajin belt including Parray Mohalla, Syed Mohalla, Mir Mohalla, Bon Mohalla, Kochak Mohalla early today and carried out extensive searches of houses and orchards throughout the day.
Security forces, however, could not make any contact with militants but three persons – Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, Khursheed Ahmad Wani, Aijaz Ahmad Wani – were detained for questioning. It may be mentioned here that LeT has made a base in Hajan area which was home to counter-insurgents who helped security forces in eliminating militants in 1990s,
Security forces have identified four militants of LeT who were involved in the killing of the BSF jawan Ramzan Paray and assault his family at Parray Mohalla Hajin on September 27. They include divisional commander of LeT Mehmood Bhai and his two associates Osma and Ali.