'Jaish-e-Mohammad Was Getting Instructions Directly From ISI', Says Indian Army Commander KJS Dhillon

| February 19 , 2019 , 17:01 IST

A day after the 16-hour-long encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pingalan, Corps Commander of Chinar Corps, Indian Army KJS Dhillon at a press conference in Srinagar today said that Jaish-e-Mohammad commander Kamran was getting instructions directly from Pakistan's main spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

"We were tracking down top leadership since the attack. It was being controlled from across by ISI and Pakistan and JeM commanders," Lieutenant-General K.J.S. Dhillon told reporters.

KJS Dhillon requested mothers of Kashmir to ask their sons to surrender and get back.

"Request all mothers of Kashmir to tell their sons to surrender and get back. Anyone who has picked up the gun will be killed and eliminated unless he surrenders."

"The type of car bomb attack that took place in Pulwama on 14th Feb, happened after a long time in Kashmir. We will keep all options open to deal with these kinds of attacks," Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon added, that they have leads on the type of explosives used but the details can't be shared as the investigation is underway.

The Lt Gen also paid his respects to the men killed in action in yesterday's military operation in Pulwama where the top commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi alias Kamran, was eliminated in a 12-hour-long encounter with multiple terrorists.

"I would like to inform that in less than 100 hours of Pulwama terrorist attack, we have eliminated JeM leadership in the valley which was being handled by JeM from Pakistan," Lt Gen Dhillon said.

It was a joint press conference addressed by the Indian Army, CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

IGP Kashmir SP Pani said, “there is a significant dip in recruitment, we have not seen any recruitment in the last three months. The families are playing a huge role in this. We would like to urge the families and the community in curtailing recruitment.”

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Zulfiquar Hasan, IG (operations) of the CRPF, said that a helpline (14411) set up by the force has been helping Kashmiris across the country in the wake of the Pulwama attack. He added, “A lot of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for help all over the country. All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces.”