PAFF claims responsibility for Poonch Terror Ambush, former Chief Ministers condemn the attack

This attack adds to the series of encounters that have taken place in the Rajouri, Poonch, and Reasi districts.

The recent terror ambush in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, has been claimed by the People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), a proxy outfit of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). This cowardly attack resulted in the tragic loss of four soldiers, with three others sustaining injuries. Shockingly, the bodies of two of the fallen soldiers were mutilated, as confirmed by officials.

In response to this heinous act, two former chief ministers of the erstwhile state, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mehbooba Mufti, have strongly condemned the attack.

On Thursday evening, two Army vehicles transporting personnel to the site of a cordon-and-search operation were targeted in an attack between Dhera Ki Gali and Bufliaz, falling under the jurisdiction of the Surankote police station. Heavily armed terrorists ambushed the vehicles, leading to a fierce gunfight. Officials have not dismissed the possibility of the soldiers resorting to close-quarters combat with the terrorists amidst the intense confrontation.

The Indian Army is actively conducting a search operation to locate the terrorists responsible for this attack. However, the task is challenging due to the densely forested terrain, which leads to the Chamber forest and then the Bhata Dhurian forest.

Escalating Tensions in the Region

This attack adds to the series of encounters that have taken place in the Rajouri, Poonch, and Reasi districts. Disturbingly, data reveals that a total of 54 individuals, including 19 security personnel and 28 terrorists, have lost their lives in attacks within these three areas this year.

Following the ambush, PAFF, a proxy of JeM, claimed responsibility for the attack. According to some reports, the People’s Anti-Fascist Front was founded by Masood Azhar, the leader of the Pakistani terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Additionally, it is reported that Mufti Azgar Kashmiri oversees the operations of the terror outfit, while Mufti Abdul Rauf Azhar, Masood Azhar’s second brother, is responsible for the group’s organizational activities.

In January, the Union Home Ministry imposed a ban on PAFF due to its involvement in terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and other areas. The Home Ministry’s notification stated that PAFF had been consistently issuing threats to security forces, political leaders, and civilians working in Jammu and Kashmir from different states.

The notification further revealed that PAFF, along with other organizations, actively conspired both physically and on social media to carry out violent terrorist acts in Jammu and Kashmir and major cities in India. It has also been discovered that PAFF plays an active role in radicalizing youth and recruiting them to handle firearms, ammunition, and explosives. Security officials have observed an increasing involvement of PAFF in acts of terrorism, with its name being linked to several incidents in Jammu and Kashmir.