Government Targets Properties of Over 4,000 Fugitive Terrorists Operating from Pakistan and PoK
To eliminate terrorism networks in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian government is expanding its efforts to target terrorists who have fled to Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over the last three decades. Over 4,000 such terrorists are listed as “proclaimed offenders” by the Indian government, and their properties in Jammu and Kashmir are being seized in a concerted effort to disrupt their networks.
Government authorities have initiated the process of seizing properties belonging to these fugitive terrorists. Agencies like the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and State Investigative Agency (SIA) have already confiscated numerous properties in the Kashmir Valley. Additionally, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have taken action against over 16 properties in the Doda district in recent weeks.
Dilbag Singh, the Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating, “Those who have gone and taken shelter in Pakistan were earlier associated with terrorism here and now are running the networks from across the border. We have made a list of those involved, and recently in the Doda district, we have taken strict action against them, seizing their properties, and listing them among fugitives.”
According to government officials, the Inspector-General of Registrations and Revenue has received a comprehensive list of approximately 4,200 terrorists who have been residing in PoK for the past three decades. The revenue department is now tasked with seizing these properties and ensuring that they neither change ownership nor are bought by anyone else. Furthermore, Jammu and Kashmir Police have been attaching the properties of individuals found guilty of harboring terrorists.
In a recent statement, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, appealed to the local residents of the Kashmir Valley not to support or provide shelter to terrorists. He expressed hope that with the cooperation of the local population, the security forces could effectively eliminate terrorism from the region. Sinha underlined the long-standing fear that terrorism has instilled in the people of Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated the government’s commitment to eradicating terrorism.
Security experts have advised the government to focus not only on terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir but also on the broader terror networks and ecosystem, both within the region and in Pakistan. They argue that dismantling the grassroots networks of terror groups is essential for achieving lasting peace and making Jammu and Kashmir a terrorism-free zone.