Internal Security

The Pulwama investigation and its lessons for India on countering terror

By Hindustan times

In June 2019, Sajjad Bhat, a terrorist belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, was killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir. A car procured by Bhat (and filled with explosives)was used by another militant in February in the deadliest terrorist attack Kashmir had ever seen in its 30 years of bloodied history.

Pulwama represented a rupture in various ways, including redefining the Indian State’s response to terror attacks. It was also a moment where the ineffective dossiers — international agencies would complain that they looked like Wikipedia entries — prepared by our investigation agencies would give way to solid, evidence-backed investigation.

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