In a first joint briefing a day after security forces killed three JeM terrorists over the Pulwama terror attack, top officers of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday, said that the forces eliminated the leadership of Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in less than 100 hours in the aftermath of the February 14 terror attack on a CRPF convoy in which 40 jawans were martyred.
In a strong message to the terror outfits perpetrating in Pakistan, Lieutenant General Kanwaljeet Singh Dhillon on Tuesday assured that the forces will knock down any 'Ghazi' who will try to disturb the peace of the country.
"Talking about the so-called Ghazi, you know better than me. Many 'Ghazis' come and go, there's nothing new in this and we will handle it. Let any Ghazi come. Don't make them heroes. We will crush them," said the officer.
Three JeM terrorists, including two top commanders behind the Pulwama terror attack, were killed in a fierce 16-hour encounter on Monday. Two of the slain terrorists were identified as Kamran and Abdul Rasheed alias Ghazi, the so-called divisional commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammed.
He also said, "All those who pick up the gun will be eliminated, unless they surrender. We were tracking the top JeM leadership since February 14 attack."
Appealed to the youth to stay away from any gunfight site and requesting the Kashmiri parents to keep their children away from terror activities, Lt General Dhillon further said,
"I also want to tell one thing to the parents of the local youth especially mothers because I understand and I know that in Kashmiri society, the mother has a great role to play. I will request all the mothers of Kashmir to please request their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the mainstream."
He went on to reaffirm that the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit is controlled by Pakistan and ISI, and under their support, the Pulwama attack was carried out by the terrorist.
"The convoy attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad which is being controlled from Pakistan with an active support of ISI and the Pakistan Army. Top JeM commanders, most of them Pakistanis, were in-charge of controlling, coordinating, fabricating and execution of this operation," Dhillon said.
(With agency inputs)