Pulwama terror attack: Curfew in Jammu & What we know so far

In the deadliest ever attack in Kashmir, 44 paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred and around two dozen injured in a car bombing at Lethpora area on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway (NH-44) in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The Pulwama terror attack is the biggest in recent years but govt data show there has been a 176 per cent rise in the number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir between 2014 and 2018.pulwama terror attack

Curfew in Jammu as precautionary measure in view of massive protest after Pulwama attack, stone pelting said Officials
Curfew in Jammu city after protests over Pulwama attack, Army requested to help administration in maintaining law and order says officials.

According to India Today report, Narendra Modi government on February 5, 2019 reveal that Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing regular terror attacks in the past five years.

The data recently released by the Ministry of Home Affairs shows that between 2014 and 2018, there has been a 93 per rise in the number of security personnel killed in terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides this, these five years also saw a 176 per cent rise in the number of terrorist incidents in the state.

 In this period, the state suffered a total of 1,708 terrorist incidents (on an average, the 28 terrorist incidents every month for five years), the government data reveal.

Investigation Agency or NIA will reach Pulwama  will assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.

Here is all that you need to know about Jaish, which caused the devastating attack in Pulwama:

1. Masood Azhar was arrested in Kashmir several decades ago and was later released in 1999 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in return for the 155 Indian Airlines passengers who were held hostage in Afghanistan

2. Soon after, Masood Azhar founded the Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2000 with the motive to free Kashmir

3. While the Pulwama terror attack can easily be declared the worst strikes in the past few decades of Kashmir’s history, Jaish-e-Mohammed has been responsible for several other deadly attacks in India, including the recent Pathankot airbase attack and the Uri attack

4. On February 14, Jaish released a video of suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar, claiming responsibility for the Pulwama attack that has caused the death of over 40 CRPF personnel

5. In January 2016, Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out a terror strike on India Air Force’s (IAF) Pathankot airbase, killing seven personnel

6. In September 2016, the Masood Azhar-led outfit carried out another attack on an Indian Army base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, killing 19 soldiers in what was the deadliest attacks on Kashmir so far

7. The Uri attack triggered the Modi government to hit back at Pakistan with surgical strikes, which was aimed at destroying terror launchpads across the Line of Control (LoC)

8. Jaish-e-Mohammed is also responsible for the 2001 Parliament attack along with Lashkar-e-Taiba. The attack caused 9 deaths and bitter strain in Indo-Pak relations that have continued to worsen ever since

9. Jaish-e-Mohammed is led by Maulana Masood Azhar. While India has raised several requests in the United Nations to list Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist and has been supported by the United States and several other major nations. However, China has continued to block India’s request over the past few years, despite repeated requests from the Modi government

10. China has blocked India’s efforts to designate Masood Azhar under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council citing lack of consensus among the members of the Council.

[With inputs from online reports]