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Hunting Down Terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir: How the Operation Unfolded

On November 28, 2018, Indian security forces killed two militants, one among them is Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) Naveed Jatt, who was accused in the killing of Shujaat Bhukari in June 2018. This is not just a one-off incident, as in the last four years, Jammu & Kashmir has seen an all-out operation against the terrorists spreading panic in the country. Though the militancy in the state of Jammu & Kashmir is an old issue, the whole strategy of fighting it has evolved from a mere defensive one to all-offensive under the Modi Government. This essentially means, Indian security forces have been given a mandate to list-out the names of terrorists, and zero them by hunting them down.

Terrorists Getting Killed in Jammu & Kashmir: An Upward Trend

The fact that the Central Government has resolved to go all-offensive against the terrorists has been truly reflected in the rising number of terrorists getting killed in Jammu & Kashmir each year. After 2014, this number has seen a sharp increase. Writing on the wall for the terrorists active in Jammu & Kashmir seems to be clearer, which is – ‘If you pursue violence against the state, your death is certain by the Indian security forces. It may happen earlier or later. But it will happen’. On the other hand, being a part of security forces has been made even more rewarding.

The infographic below explains the trend.

The Assertive State Against Terrorism

It made big news when Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, Burhan Wani was gunned down in July 2016. Sabzar Ahmed Bhat replaced Burhan in leading the terrorist group and in no time, Indian security forces had gunned down him in May 2017. This changed strategy of going all-offensive against the terrorists to defend the state has some ardent elements on the part of the administration.

  • Being in the terrorist camp and to build images through social media has ended with the Burhan Wani’s death. Security forces will immediately hunt down such elements.


  • Army now publicly talks about the hit-list of terrorists and pursues the list vigorously in small teams.


  • The state no longer limits itself to condemn the terrorist attack in the valley, but talks in a sterner voice.


  • The State rewards the personnel from the security forces who are bravely fighting against the terrorists and helping their country to get free from their terror, panic, and fear.



The iron-fist approach of the state in dealing with the terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir is evident both by the official numbers and the general trend reported in the media. All this while, the successive government seemed ambiguous in their approach towards terrorists by offering talks at certain times and by acting in their defense the other time. However, after 2014, it appears that the government has shown the will of annihilating the terrorists from the Jammu & Kashmir state conclusively.