Jammu and Kashmir

Ominous signs

Print edition : July 12, 2013

At the funeral of Altaf Baba, suspected to have been the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s “district commander” and killed in a gunfight with the security forces at Pulwama on June 6. According to his father, Altaf was pursuing his undergraduation and police harassment had forced him to turn to militancy. Photo: Mukhtar Khan/AP

Director General of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Ashok Prasad laying wreaths on the coffins of slain CRPF jawans, at the police headquarters in Srinagar on March 14. They were killed in a suicide attack the previous day. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The entry of educated young men into militancy is a matter of concern, he says. Photo: ROUF BHAT/AFP

Kashmir witnesses a new breed of militants—educated young people who are driven by ideas of freedom and Islam. Reopening the process of dialogue is a must to counter this.
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