There is a ‘crisis of leadership and resources’ among militants in JK, says Rajnath Singh

Militants in Kashmir are facing a ‘crisis of leadership and resources’ and are being kept under check by the forces, said Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha.

Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, the minister said an NIA probe is on into the February 14 Pulwama attack.

“Once the probe is over, only then can an answer in this regard be given by the Home Ministry,” he informed the House after members asked if there was any intelligence or security lapse in the suicide attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

“In Jammu and Kashmir, our forces are maintaining best coordination between the Army, central armed forces, JK Police and intelligence.”

He said the armed forces have kept a check on activities of the militants. “I want to tell you that as of now, there is a crisis of leadership and resources” among the militants, Singh said.

He said the fatal casualties suffered by Army personnel during militant attacks/tactical action in 2018 were 12, while the same were 13 in 2017 and six in 2016.

The minister said there are four types of casualties in the Army – infiltration bids eliminated, counter insurgency operations, militant initiated incidents and tactical actions.

He said the casualties he mentioned earlier pertained to tactical actions and total casualties in other activities could be more.

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