Two HM militants were killed on Thursday in an encounter at south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The slain militants have been identified as Adil Khanday of the Imam-Sahib area in Shopian and Irshad Ahmad Shah of Maldair village in Shopian district.
The recent big successes that the men of national security have tasted in hunting down prominent names, including the close associates of Burhan Wani on wednesday, shows that there may not be all that local support for these militants that was being touted earlier. The Social media strategy that Burhan and associates employed to volatilise gullible youth and attract them into militancy has hit the young militant hard.
Giving away faces may have felt the most macho plan at first and frankly it did return big dividends quickly, but as is the case with most ponzi schemes which promise quick and big bucks, this brew went bad too soon. It would be no surprise that Burhan and associates would be rethinking their strategy now. If Burhan chooses to stick to machismo to not come across as weak or scared, like his associates, his days could be numbered too.
For instance, the two slain militants yesterday were suspected to be the close aides to Burhan Wani and were actively seeking recruitment in the area. Their death will seriously dent the recruitment drive started by Burhan Wani to attract local youth towards Militancy.
Another close associate of Burhan Wani was killed on Wednesday morning during a brief gun fight between him and Government forces in North Kashmir’s Tangmarg area of Baramulla district. The militant was identified as during a brief gun fight between him and Government forces in North Kashmir’s Tangmarg area of Baramulla district who was a top rank militant commander active from past one and a half years.
These serial events should send a message loud and clear: Kashmir wants peace, not Burhan!