A lull in the jihad – can it be real?

Some make virtue out of necessity

Some jihadis didn’t change their plans. Even as the quake claimed thousands of lives in the Kashmir region, they made their own contributions to the death toll.

In gruesome pre-dawn strikes, militants, allegedly belonging to pro-Pak Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, killed ten members of two Hindu families by slitting their throats in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir today, police sources said here.[Daily Excelsior/IE]

While taking rescue operations in hand in quake-hit Kashmir valley, the Army personnel at the same time guarded the borders and foiled a big infiltration attempt in which eight Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) infiltrators were gunned down. [Daily Excelsior]

But others, perhaps those who realised that given the damage the quake had done to their infrastructure, made virtue out of necessity. The Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jihad Council and supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen has announced a temporary halt of operations in the state.

Salahuddin asked all the constituents of the council to direct the militant cadres across the state to halt their operations in the affected areas and extend possible relief to the victims. [Rediff]

That’s tremendously nice of Mr Salahuddin. Let’s hope they exercise a bit more care than their counterparts who killed those villagers in the ‘gruesome pre-dawn strikes’ this morning. The 100 kilograms of RDX that the Indian army just captured will perhaps help them in their newfound resolve.

2 thoughts on “A lull in the jihad – can it be real?”

  1. It might be Syed Salahuddin’s another way to show others and guage himself how much influence he might have got in the valley. He was getting pissed off at India and Pakistan laying more importance to Hurriyat leaders who, according to many, do not represent any Kashmiri. He might also be laying a foundation to get in the political process, now since the going has got a bit tough in the mountains, and he wouldn’t want to keep people giving him a bruised ego.

    Wonder how much damage the earthquake caused to the fence on the Line of Control.

    On another note, India should give priority to getting the relief to its own side, although its a common tragedy and new grounds can literally be broken. People on this side would need help as much as the other side.

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