New Delhi, July 20: Hafiz Saeed must accept it that his Lashkar-e-Taiba is finding it extremely difficult to operate in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian army along the border has made it hard for militants from Pakistan to infiltrate and official figures suggest that the infiltration has dropped by at least 60 per cent.
It is obvious that Saeed wants to stay relevant in the Valley and the current situation is an ideal option. He is looking to make the most of Burhan Wani's death- the militant who has been turned into a martyr.
The statement by Saeed that Wani's last wish was to talk to him is a lie say officers who were tracking the Hizbul Mujahideen commander. There was no such intercept as in his last days the heat on Wani was high and every move and call of his was monitored.
Officers say Saeed is lying
Saeed who has been going to town on the Wani issue had said recently that Kashmir will burn now. He said that Wani had called him to say that his last wish was to talk to him. "He called me and said that and a few days he had been martyred," Saeed the mastermind of the Mumbai 26/11 attack said.
Wani who was killed on July 7 was under the radar of both the Indian Intelligence Bureau as well as the army for three months. "Every move of his was being tracked. The calls he made were also closely tracked for several weeks before the encounter to kill him took place. We had details of his location, but we were setting up ground to catch him alive," an officer part of the operation told OneIndia.
"At no point in time did he call Hafiz Saeed. Moreover Saeed says that he had made the call a few days before his death. This was the time he was running to save his life and did not use a mobile as he feared he would be tracked," the officer also noted.
What does Hafiz Saeed want?
Saeed has realised that the Hizbul Mujahideen, considered to be a local outfit in Kashmir, has overtaken his Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Saeed is unable to build on the public perception in Kashmir and without local support it is impossible for the LeT to operate in the Valley.
Moreover the LeT chief also realises that his operatives are frowned upon in Kashmir. Between 1990 and 2011, Pakistan militant groups including the LeT have killed 13,226 civilians, a fact that has not gone down too well with the public.
On the other hand, the Hizbul Mujahideen under Wani decided that not a single civilian would be targeted and their focus would only be on the security forces. This had helped Wani gain support from a large number of locals.
Now Saeed wants to play on this sentiment and indicate to everyone that Wani was his boy in a bid to gain local support for his LeT.