Nagrota, Dec 1 The name of Afzal Guru issue has been raked up again and this time in the Nagrota attack in which 7 army personnel were martyred. While the Intelligence Bureau alert had stated that a cell of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba was looking to strike in a big way, the modus operandi of this attack appears to very Jaish-e-Mohammad like.
It is the Jaish which rakes up the Afzal Guru episode each time an attack is carried out. It did so in Afghanistan, at Pathankot and now a note at Nagrota also mentions the Afzal Guru hanging.
Investigating officers say that anyone can leave a note in the name of Afzal Guru. There is still no clarity on whether the Jaish carried out the attack, but the modus operandi suggests that it was this outfit which carried out the attack.
Jaish or Lashkar-e-Tayiba?
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba normally does not target military installations. The attacks by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba are normally carried out in civilian areas where they target security personnel. In the Mumbai 26/11 attack, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba attacked civilians.
The Jaish-e-Mohammad on the other hand has targeted military installations and also government related buildings. The Jaish made its annoucement with the Indian Parliament attack. It has also targeted an Indian embassy in Afghanistan. The Uri attack was also the handiwork of the Jaish. Going by this pattern and also the raking up of Afzal Guru, the indication is that the Nagrota strike could have also been the handiwork of the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Burhan our Azfal back:
The note that mentions the name of Afzal Guru at the attack site is another indication that the Jaish wants to rake up this issue yet again. All these days, the Valley was kept on the boil by citing the name of Burhan Wani who was killed in an encounter.
However the seniors in the Jaish or Hizbul Mujahideen would like to immortalise Afzal Guru instead of Wani. They feel that Afzal Guru was a real champion of the Kashmir cause when compared to Wani who was nothing but a social media star.
The note at the Nagrota attack site which speaks about the 'Unjust' hanging of Afzal Guru is another attempt to bring his name back in circulation. Intelligence Bureau officials say that the Jaish in particular has been trying to give Afzal Guru the status that Maqbool Bhat had.