New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir’s largest militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen has almost got vanquished now. The security forces have on regular interval been taking out the remaining commanders and cadres.
According to reports, hardly over two dozen militants are left in the HM. There has been no major action by the remaining militants for months now. "They are basically reduced to throwing occasional grenades or random firing, even those are very rare," a senior official told a leading daily, on the plight of HM.
The security forces have arrested many of the remaining HM operatives in the Kashmir Valley. In one of the operations, the senior most member of HM, Mushtaq Killer alias Mustaq Janghi was killed on October 13. Also killed in the same operation was another militant, while a third was arrested.
"Militancy is down in Kashmir, every day you must be reading reports that some militant leader or the other has been killed. I think the Hizbul Mujahideen has literally, almost, been wiped out, especially the Pakistan element of it has been wiped out," former Union home secretary GK Pillai had said some time back.
Hizbul Mujahideen was founded by Ahsan Dar in 1989.