October 10, 2005Security

A lull in the jihad - can it be real?

Some make virtue out of necessity

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Some jihadis didn’t change their plans. Even as the quake claimed thousands of lives in the Kashmir region, they made their own contributions to the death toll.

In gruesome pre-dawn strikes, militants, allegedly belonging to pro-Pak Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, killed ten members of two Hindu families by slitting their throats in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir today, police sources said here.[Daily Excelsior/IE]

While taking rescue operations in hand in quake-hit Kashmir valley, the Army personnel at the same time guarded the borders and foiled a big infiltration attempt in which eight Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) infiltrators were gunned down. [Daily Excelsior]

But others, perhaps those who realised that given the damage the quake had done to their infrastructure, made virtue out of necessity. The Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jihad Council and supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen has announced a temporary halt of operations in the state.

Salahuddin asked all the constituents of the council to direct the militant cadres across the state to halt their operations in the affected areas and extend possible relief to the victims. [Rediff]

That’s tremendously nice of Mr Salahuddin. Let’s hope they exercise a bit more care than their counterparts who killed those villagers in the gruesome pre-dawn strikes’ this morning. The 100 kilograms of RDX that the Indian army just captured will perhaps help them in their newfound resolve.

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