Our border security forces and army have foiled several attempts of infiltration by the Pakistani jihadis in recent months. Though most of these attempts have been thwarted yet instances of terrorists opening fire on security forces in various parts of Kashmir have been reported. These instances have taken place in south as well as north Kashmir. The recent clashes with them in Hajin, Bandipora area and in Handwara of Kupwara district have imposed casualties on our forces though some top jihadi leaders have also been liquidated.
The recurring incidents of clashes in different parts of the Valley are significantly showing that the armed jihadis have made a wide network in the Valley and are not restricted to any one specific district. This cannot be possible unless they receive logistic support from the local inhabitants either under threat of punishment or voluntarily. Previously, terrorists had concentrated in south Kashmir but now they are resurfacing in North Kashmir which means that after the security forces mounted pressure on them in the south Kashmir, they have begun to shift to north Kashmir. This however, does not mean that the border forces have lacked in maintaining vigil on the border. This means that the civilian Government in the State needs to be more responsive to the drift that is appearing in law and order situation. It is the duty of respective elected representatives to address the aberration in their constituencies. They cannot remain silent spectators and have to come out to provide security and support to the innocent masses that abhor violence and want to live a peaceful life.