Jaish-e-Mohammed’s four terrorists have been killed in a recent encounter in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The first operation in this region was carried out by the special operations group of Jammu and Kashmir police and Army on Thursday killing the militants.
The security forces’ entry in the Budgam’s Pakharpora area is perceived as first of its kind of an act as the place popularly known as ‘Tora Bora’ has considerable Presence of foreign terrorists there, as informed by the officials.
The deep forests in this area often hide the terrorists as the area is quiet similar to the maze of complicated pathways in caves of Taliban-controlled Tora Bora in northern Afghanistan, officials said.
This year in April, two terrorists were killed at Hyat Pura which is at a distance of 8km from Pakharpora. Officials however said that the encounter was coincidental which followed during a routine check. Over last one year, terrorists have been active in Pakharpora as the place is strategically in the district of Budgam which in turn links with South Kashmir and Srinagar city.
This year, the heightened militancy has been receiving ground support with the force being strongly resisted by the locals especially during counter-insurgency operations.
On July 8th last year, following the killing of Burhan Wani, the poster boy of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group, the area 45km from here became the infiltration route for the terrorists to enter South Kashmir. After that, the valley’s ‘Tora Bora’ had played significant roles in many meetings of the security agencies.
The dense forests and deep gorges in the region provide safe cover where the terrorists can hide making it the ‘reception area’ for the terrorists to sneak into South Kashmir via Pakharpora, said an official.
The popularity of Pakharpora has increased in the last couple of years because of its shrine and receives plenty of visitors which make it difficult for the security forces to easily spot the terrorists, said officials.
The state government turned down a move suggested by the security agency to fortify public roads after acknowledging its usage by the terrorists while moving towards South instead of their usual mountain route.
Despite of warnings by the central intelligence agencies, nothing much has been done for this route. However, an Army battalion of 1000 men moved in the area establishing a camp near Pakharpora to secure the region.
The intelligence reports accessed by PTI highlighted that villages like Kuzwera, Magray Pora, Behrampora, Kaisemullah, Gowharpora, Qazipora, Wanbugh, Hayat Pora, Malpora, Tujan and Dalwan witnesses militant activities and consist a terrorists network making them the most dangerous areas.