Indian Express Editorial Summary

Editorial Topic : J&K militancy

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Government’s claims:

  • Home Minister claims 66% decline in terrorist incidents since Article 370 abrogation.
  • Prime Minister highlights rise in tourism as a positive sign.
  • Higher voter turnout in recent elections adds to optimism.

Fragile peace:

  • Reasi bus attack on PM’s swearing-in day exposes vulnerability.

Why Reasi attack is significant:

  • Reasi had minimal past militancy.
  • Last attack in the region (May 2022) targeted Vaishno Devi pilgrims.
  • Reasi, Rajouri, Poonch witnessed militancy in 1990s, but Jammu seemed to contain it.
  • 2021 attack in Poonch (38 soldiers + 11 civilians killed) signaled resurgence.

Shift in militant tactics:

  • Tighter security in Kashmir Valley might be pushing militants towards Jammu districts.
  • Reasi’s distance from LoC suggests alternative infiltration routes.
  • Pressure in Rajouri & Poonch may force militants to find new battlegrounds.
  • Pir Panjal range’s terrain offers escape routes and launchpads for attacks.
  • Reasi attack (militants hiding in forests) exemplifies this strategy.

LeT and its proxies:

  • LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) uses proxies like TRF (The Resistance Front) to avoid scrutiny.
  • TRF claimed responsibility for the Reasi attack.
  • 2022 data shows most killed militants belonged to LeT or TRF (persistence of old networks).

Local support:

  • Historically, Jammu insurgency lacked sustained local support.
  • Reasi residents apprehended LeT militants in July 2022.


  • Reasi attack necessitates renewed vigilance.
  • Balancing security with commitment to J&K assembly elections is crucial.


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