Why the killing of Masood Azhar’s nephew is a ‘bloody blow’ to the Jaish

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The security forces in Kashmir recently killed the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. The killing of Talha Rashid is not only significant because he is the nephew of the Jaish chief, but for a lot of other reasons.

Maulana Masood Azhar

Talha, the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Mauala Masood Azhar was killed in an encounter at Pulwama along with two other terrorists. The killing of Talha is not only significant because, he was Masood Azhar's nephew.

It is significant because he was a grade A++ terrorist and was sent specifically to Kashmir to increase and revive the numbers for the JeM. The operation at Pulwama was also significant because it wiped out half the terrorists of the Jaish.

A few months back 30 terrorists in batches had infiltrated through the Poonch sector. They were to spread out in different groups and launch attacks in the Valley. Following the killing of 3 Jaish terrorists in Monday's encounter, the strength of the Jaish has come down to 14.

The Pulwama encounter was a precise and successful one. It took four hours to gun down the terrorists. The encounter began on Monday at 6 pm and ended by 10 pm.

Sources in the know of the operation say that the police had tipped off the Army about their presence. However at the start of the operation, the forces did not know that Azhar's nephew was also part of the team. At first the team took it slow as they had lost a jawan.

The other worry for the Army was the possible gathering of civilians around the area. The Army then used the tactical shield and bullet proof JCP which led to the speeding up of the operation. The Army and CRPF recently introduced the bullet proof JCP which has led to operations being completed sooner.

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