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Pulwama attack: Govt withdraws security of separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir

India Today logo India Today 17-02-2019

The government on Sunday announced that the security of separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir has been withdrawn, according to PTI.

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The move comes in the wake of the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir that left 40 CRPF personnel dead. The security has been withdrawn from separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah.

However, there is no mention of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the order.

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The government said that all security and any vehicles provided to them will stand withdrawn by today evening. Officials said that no security forces or cover would be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists.

Other facilities provided by the government will also be withdrawn forthwith.

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On Friday (February 15), Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government was planning to review the security of the people working at the behest of Pakistan and its intelligence agency ISI in an apparent reference to separatist leaders. 


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"There are elements and forces who take money from Pakistan and the ISI. I have asked the officials concerned to review their security," Singh told reporters at the end of his day-long visit to Kashmir.

The home minister said some elements in Jammu and Kashmir had links with the ISI and terrorist organisation, but the government would defeat their designs.

"Such people are playing with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the future of the state's youth. Our war against terror is in a decisive phase and I want to assure the nation that we will win it," he said.

The home minister, who arrived in the state following the worst terror attack on security forces in the past three decades, also visited the injured jawans undergoing treatment at a hospital.

(Inputs from Jitendra)

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