As the security forces continues with its campaign of neutralizing militants in Kashmir, latest being the Al-Badr commander Zeenat-ul-Islam, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik has waved an olive branch. Malik asked the militants to shun the path of militancy and to return home. “We want these children (militants) to come back and we are ready to do what we can do for them.”
However, on January 10, the Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat, while addressing the annual press conference prior to the Army Day in New Delhi, had said there is no standing offer for the militants. “Our position is very clear. Shun the gun and stop taking support from the western neighbour. Talks can happen only if they lay down weapons,” said Army Chief.
Governor Malik said there was no ‘operation all out’. He said there was nothing as such. According to Kashmir media reports, Malik said “when a militant somewhere opens fire or hurls an explosive, it cannot be like this you will fire and we will give you flowers and bouquets. On our side, we do not have any ‘operation all out’. The militants should leave this path as they will achieve nothing from this.” In October 2018, the Lieutenant General and General Officer in Command, Chinar Corps Anil Kumar Bhat denied carrying out operation ‘All Out’. The Army Commander told India Today that the army was engaged in kinetic and non-kinetic operations to bring peace in the Valley. In 2018 alone, the security forces killed over 240 militants, the highest in more than a decade.