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Kashmiri Soldier Joins Terror Org Hizbul Mujahideen, Times of India Says He Was “Angered by Transfer”

An Armyman from Kashmir, Sepoy Idrees Mir, has gone missing and joined Pak-sponsored terror outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen, police said today. As per a report in Times of India (TOI) titled ‘Angered by transfer, Armyman joins Hizbul Mujahedeen’

“In a first such case that has come to light, an Armyman, who had been missing since last week, has joined terror outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said here on Monday.

The Armyman, identified by cops as Sepoy Idrees Mir, who was posted with the 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in Bihar, joined Hizbul along with two others on Sunday, police said. Mir had arrived in his village Safnagar in Shopian on April 12 and had been missing since Saturday night, police added. On Monday morning, his father, Mohammed Sultan Mir, filed a missing complaint with the police. Mir was a BSc second year student when he joined the Army.

A photograph of Mir with an AK-47 went viral on social media on Sunday. Mir was to be posted to Jharkhand and was unhappy about the move, a PTI report said. Army officials said they were confirming the authenticity of the photograph and others details.”

Apart from downplaying an incident which should actually serve as a serious wake-up call as it demonstrates the level of Islamist brainwashing in the Kashmir valley (especially South Kashmir), the TOI reporter Saleem Pandit is also factually incorrect in saying that this is the ‘first such case’.

There have been at least 4 other cases of security men (1 Armyman & 3 policemen) from South Kashmir deserting to join terror organizations –

  • In July 2017, Sepoy Zahoor Ahmed Tokar who was posted in the 173 Territorial Army (Engineering) at Gantmulla, Baramulla deserted his unit on July 5 night and fled with an AK rifle and three magazines to join Hizbul Mujahideen. Tokar was a native of Sirnoo, Pulwama district, South Kashmir.
  • In May 2017, rogue cop Syed Naveed Shah, a resident of Shopian district in South Kashmir, fled with four assault rifles to join Hizbul Mujahideen.
  • In January 2016 Shakoor Ahmad, a policeman who was posted as a DSP’s personal security officer in South Kashmir, decamped with four rifles. He was reported to have joined terrorists, and was arrested about a month later from Kulgam.
  • In March 2015, Naseer Ahmad Pandit, a police constable from Pulwama, also joined the Hizbul Mujahideen after decamping with two rifles. He was earlier posted as a guard at then PWD minister and senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari’s residence.

This tweet sums up the bizarre kid-glove treatment by Times Of India of a seriously worrying development – 

Such incidents will only repeat themselves till our national security establishment understands the nature of the threat we are facing – they could do worse than following the simple measures outlined in this prescient 2017 article ‘Choking the Kashmiri Trojan’ by @SignOfFive.

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