Army is not against Kashmiris, our job is to separate, target terrorists: Gen Rawat

“We are not returning to classical CASO in Kashmir, because we know they cause hardship to the local people. These are area search operations. It is not even a cordon,” General Rawat said.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2017 10:20 am
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Underlining the operating philosophy of the Army which believes that all Kashmiris are not involved in militancy, Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said “our job is to separate the terrorists from the Kashmiri people and target the terrorists”. Disabusing the notion that the Army is against all Kashmiris or treats all Kashmiris as militants, General Rawat told The Indian Express: “We understand that all Kashmiris are not involved in the so-called militancy. There are few, select in number, who indulge in terror and violence. Our job is to separate the terrorists from the Kashmiri people and target the terrorists.”

He also rejected claims that the Army has returned to Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) in the Valley as part of its counter-insurgency strategy in Jammu and Kashmir — there were reports to this effect after the conduct of a CASO in 15 villages in Shopian district last Thursday, which involved nearly 4,000 soldiers of the Rashtriya Rifles.

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“We are not returning to classical CASO in Kashmir, because we know they cause hardship to the local people. These are area search operations. It is not even a cordon,” General Rawat said. The Army had discontinued CASO nearly 15 years ago because of diminishing results from these operations. Moreover, such operations alienated the local population due to the difficulties they faced.

Sources said that unlike a classical CASO, where the population of a village would be rounded up and brought to the village centre at the break of dawn, random search operations, directed at certain houses in villages of south Kashmir, will be conducted. The aim of these area search operations is to mount pressure, move the militants out of villages and into the forests. As intelligence sources have dried up and public protests have made operations in villages difficult, there are greater chances of success from counter-terror operations in forested areas.

The tempo of area search operations will be built, right up to the period leading to the Amarnath Yatra, sources said. The Amarnath Yatra, from June 29 to August 7, will pass through the districts of south Kashmir which have been engulfed by public protests these past few months. General Rawat also called upon all Kashmiris to condemn the killing of the young and unarmed Kashmiri Army officer, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was kidnapped and killed by militants in Shopian district on Wednesday.

“The young officer was a role model for all young Kashmiris. The way things are, this action has taken Kashmiris back while Lieutenant Ummer was taking it forward. He was encouraging other young people to join a force which the whole country is proud of,” he said. The Army chief said “these people are discouraging Kashmiris from availing job opportunities while thousands of people line up for police recruitment. How can they explain this dichotomy? This act (of Lieutenant Ummer’s murder) should be condemned by all Kashmiris.”

According to Army estimates, there are around 100 active militants in south Kashmir, including around 80 locals who have joined militancy in the last two years. The prevailing security situation in the region led to postponement, and eventual cancellation, of the Lok Sabha bypoll in Anantnag, represented earlier by current Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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    Shoaib Malik
    May 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    What India is doing in Kashmir is worse than what Israel is doing in Palestine. The brutalities of Indian army on innocent Kashmiri Muslims are out there in the open for everyone to see. But the good thing is that good vanquishes evil in the end and India will lick dust at the end and will have to give up its illegal claim on Kashmir eventually.
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      Shoaib Malik
      May 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm
      As long as Kashmir and its people remain with India there's no hope for them. Kashmiris will keep suffering. Riots like in Godhra, Kandhamal, Meerut, Mumbai, Dadri etc. should be an eye opener for every Indian Muslim. When Indian Muslims aren't safe in India how can Kashmiri Muslims expect so. It's better for Kashmiri Muslims to realize this fact and struggle for freedom from India and join stan like Azad Kashmir.
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        john
        May 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm
        army and jawans employ a tactic they arrest any married man and when his wife or sister goes for his rescue they ask bodily favours if protested they rape the women this was done in SUKMA and so poor tribals labelled as naxals took revenge by shooting 25 rapists - they released a audia clip which sold out main stream media not reported -
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          Love Others
          May 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm
          was you one of them or sister or mother one of them if not shut your mouth. Stop spreading fake info.
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            normal chaddi
            May 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm
            pervert chaddi spotted
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          lafanga
          May 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm
          Army is not against Kashmiris .... which is why we killed over 100 and injured more than 2000 with most of them blinded for life within last few months. We also love our Kashmiri brothers and sisters by tying them up on our army jeeps and use them as human shields. We beat them and torture them just to show our love. We also show our love by raping Kashmiri women. Our love shows in 1000's of unmarked graves found by HRW is Kashmir. Yes we love our Kashmiris.
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            Rakesh Pandit
            May 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm
            If you pelt stones, protect terrorists, parti te in anti national activity, this will happen. In fact kadhmiri students studying outside kashmir, in dufferent states, will suffer also. You are pigs, and will be treated like pigs.
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              Shoaib Malik
              May 16, 2017 at 9:42 pm
              Hindus and Hindu Indian army are like pigs. They breed like pigs and behave like pigs. Terrorist Indian army knows to fight unarmed Kashmiri Muslims only and when faced with real tigers these s their pants and book a ticket to burn in forever. Indian army has proven itself to be a bunch of cowards and terrorists in uniform. They feel so terrified and insecure of even a Kashmir child throwing a stone at their bullet proof armored vehicles, that they tie common Kashmiri Muslims on the bonnet of their armored vehicles. Is the blood of a Kashmiri Muslim cheaper than their paint jobs? India has lost Kashmir because of its tyranny on common Kashmiri Muslims and its inefficient and savage Army.
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            Raman Ravi
            May 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm
            Kashmiri gals of the age of 14 to 16 years old are like Alphonso aam, karo khao aur preggy kar do!
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              sohail
              May 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm
              you seem a illegitimate child of chacha nehhru like mega star ???? everybody knows big ???
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                Shoaib Malik
                May 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm
                But I love Delhi and UP Hindu teenage girls and married women. They're dying to get pregnant by Muslims and elope with them.
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                Mir Rasool
                May 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                I am living in occupied kashmir i can say what india army is ? Indian army is filthy black slum dog Terrorist force kil crushing blinding terrorising kashmiries shame indian state terrorist armu
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                  Hedonist
                  May 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm
                  Get lost to PoK Mohajjar if you are not happy in Kashmir.
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                    sohail
                    May 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm
                    u b@sttard chaddi get lost to eurasia back sea from where you invaded india muslim dalits tribals are original indians
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                    Michelle:Vedic:human
                    May 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                    But your abbu PEDO mo-homo-mad originated from the desert of Arabia,---how come you MUZZIE are in KASMIR????jai hind.
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                      Nimish Mehta
                      May 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm
                      Did you raise your voice when Kashmiri Pandits were targeted? Do you raise your voice when Hizbul says that this is not a political battle but a battle to establish Sharia law? If it is a battle for freedom, do your raise your voice when your so called leaders take the help of stan?
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                        Rakesh Pandit
                        May 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm
                        Miya rasool, kashmiris live on "bheekh" given by Indian taxpayers. You bhikharis should not open your mouth.
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                        Mir Rasool
                        May 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                        Your lies can not run world knows how you people are kil ctushing blinding people of kashmir in custody fake encounters target kil evey one in world is not extremists racists apartheid untolerant like you indians you are at war with kashmiries you lost but holding by gun . Its better for you to end you illegal oppression and allow UN resolutions yo be implemented on ground. Stop your state terrorism in kashmir stop for God sake be human not state terrorist.
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                          Damodar Biswal
                          May 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                          Seems u r a gentleman,sir.Why don't u ask the paid stone pelters to stop pelting stones n come to the mainstream?Only a few misguided youth of the valley support the separatists.Rest of them r reasonable .Taking advantage of all facilities n opportunities given by India but singing stani song.Do u justify it?The war is against the terrorists not against common Kashmir people.
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                            Hedonist
                            May 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                            Arab rule will not be allowed Mohajjar Mir. Get lost.
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                              Rakesh Pandit
                              May 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm
                              rasulmiya, you kashmiris live on "bheekh" given to you from our taxpayers. That is your 'aukat'. Bhikhari rasul, we have never liked muslims and never trusted them. Get lost.
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                              secure
                              May 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                              This RSS hatemonger is agaonst Kashmiri.
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                                Hedonist
                                May 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm
                                Its the moslems who hate kuffurs dimwit
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                                Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                May 13, 2017 at 11:53 am
                                We ll get Kashmir by 2018 that s promise of the land of the pure to our Kashmiri brothers.Next target would be Dehli in 2019 dians had been our best subjects before i hope this time around they ll serve us in more better way. Common Indians need not worry.They would be free to go to their mandirs and churches.Peace for their womenfolk nd children.Olny adult male Indians would be asked to clean our tanks and vahicles and other work.But they wud be paid for the work offcourse.No Indian would be hurt.Modi and Bootnath would be placed inside a cage that would be fixed outside red fort and they would be given coconut. apples and some rotten fruits to eat.We had ruled you with grace and majesty for 1000 years how do yoi expect us to be cruel to you this time around?
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                                  Michelle:Vedic:human
                                  May 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm
                                  Your R-A-Ndi AMMI got ban0ged in BURQHA in the desert who now can not recall your biological abbu after going through 3ripple Di-Ck,----now that you are a slave a WAHABI,---your R-A-Ndi AMMI will be next joining the 72 ho-ooors,---next 100 yrs Hindus will rule you MUZZIES and send you back to the deserts where PEDO mo-homo-mad originated from,----Jai hind.
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                                    Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                    May 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm
                                    Michelle you wud be the exception.Your sister nd mother (if young) wud be f ucked by or our jawans one by one.The ba tard born wud be named aftet you rest a your.While you wud be handed over to our pathan soldiers nd boy you ll be f ucked by them till you learn how to speak with mannerism.
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                                    Damodar Biswal
                                    May 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                                    Do u know that u need mental treatment?If u do not know,kindly contact a doctor at the earliest before it is too late.
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                                      Hedonist
                                      May 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                                      Mohajjar keep dreaming
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                                        Rakesh Pandit
                                        May 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                                        Ha ha ha..... ask your sister how she enjoys hindu s comoared to your s....
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                                          Rakesh Pandit
                                          May 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm
                                          Pagrri, come, shout...hallaaaaaa ho....akhbaaaaar....., Moha the mad. Al Isra, kal fisla..... We have used your gori wahabbi girls since long. They like hindu morevthan your katta jatua....
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                                          arc
                                          May 13, 2017 at 11:16 am
                                          Instead of giving bhashans he should concentrate on his work. More he opens his mouth more he sounds like Fekuji who in turn sounds like the other prized Fekuji whose abode is White House. Thank god (all 330 of them in our pantheon plus allahji plus jesusji plus Moron Bhagwatji of R-ASSES) France elected a sensible guy.
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                                            sohail
                                            May 13, 2017 at 10:55 am
                                            kashmiris job is to separate liberate kashmir from safron terrorist hands
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                                              Damodar Biswal
                                              May 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                                              Those who think of Kashmir liberation must be prepared to face the music from the security forces.
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                                              sohail
                                              May 13, 2017 at 10:53 am
                                              As it seems violation increaaes in kashmir and all others part of india. On the name of 'bhartiya savvidhaan"targeting muslims only. For examples. illegal bucher khana/slaughter house is demolised.and even after SC orders , bar on highway is saved.by making law,which makes all highway to subway and urben road. I just want to ask,is this type of law is all above ? Bomb blaster terrorist is hunged and m killer rioter is enjoying as mp/mla/cm/pm.
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                                                Dipti
                                                May 13, 2017 at 10:51 am
                                                Organize a m pe ion to force the Army chief to read the history of America's failure in the Vietnam war. The world's most powerful army led by a stupid general ("Westy") claimed "military supremacy" and "victory" after each and every hemorrhaging operation against the Viet Cong and ARVN little realizing that the rules of anti-insurgency operations are written by the insurgents, not the occupying Army. Aghast over "Westy's" gall in claiming "victory" after the Tet Offensive (Feb 1968), the then US Defence Secretary commented, "If this was a victory then I shudder to think what's a defeat." The endgame for India in Kashmir is approaching. It would be better to start negotiations from a position of honour than one of humiliation. Those who don't read history are condemned to repeat it.
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                                                  Jibran
                                                  May 13, 2017 at 10:28 am
                                                  Regarding Umer Fayaz Kil ,I have only one thing to Say YE JO PUBLIC HAI YE SAB JAANTI HAI
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                                                    Sreesheel Sreekumar
                                                    May 13, 2017 at 10:13 am
                                                    Rename Rashtriya Rifles as Kashmir Rifles ! This might induce people to join the forces ! By the way when is this Chief retiring ? What an utter waste ! The government choose him bypassing other senior officers , because , one of the point was that he was well verse with Kashmir problem ! This guy only issues statement which make people laugh !
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                                                      Apte
                                                      May 13, 2017 at 8:44 am
                                                      1. essment of our Army seems to be correct. But violence and earlier boycott of pol indicate that peace will not return to the Kashmir valley any time in near future. Separatists have tried every trick to win over common citizens but have not really succeeded. Hence, question to be asked is this: What exactly ordinary people of Kashmir valley want? Do they want to support the Army and allow it to eliminate terror groups? 2. I also seek an answer to my question: If army is not allowed to function as it wants, who will rein-in terror outfits as once they get a free hand, they are bound to suppress people in whose name they are now indulging in violence. 3. I wish to make one last point. uming that the people of Kashmir get real autonomy within the Cons utional framework, and the role of our army in Kashmir is considerably reduced, whose responsibility will it be to protect ordinary citizens of Kashmir and to stop infiltration of terrorists in our territory?
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                                                        Mir Rasool
                                                        May 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm
                                                        India is a state teerorist a big and dreaded hindu terrorist they are at wqr with kashmi and indian state terrorists already lost war now only holding kashmir by Gun. So kashmiries hate indian as a common man hate . So india its better to end your illegal oppression .Go india go back
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                                                          Rakesh Pandit
                                                          May 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                                                          Rasul, kashmiris are bhikhati muslims who live on "bheekh" given by taxpayers of rest of India. So ee have a right to use their gori chikni girls and even boys who are beautiful. Bhikhari muslim, open your mouth only when permitted, else bend down.....
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                                                        sunshine
                                                        May 13, 2017 at 8:30 am
                                                        We amnesty India has predicted a showdown with stan! Now stan rangers have been firing at Indian soldiers!? Non-stop firing! : www.amnestyindia /armed-to-teeth-pak-army-is-on-a-war-footing/
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                                                          Romik
                                                          May 13, 2017 at 8:01 am
                                                          Well said general; now finish Pakancer( Even US intelligence has reported that they will do something...Please break it up (as a pre emptive strike)..Do not worry about Cheen - they will not mess with a real 1.3 mil army.
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                                                            mytake
                                                            May 13, 2017 at 7:30 am
                                                            Even Allah threatens Muslims with diktat, "do this or else"! That's the reason why terrorism and violence is the primary products of Islam. As Muslim women put on veils so is the veil on the minds of others who want to gloat the bait of Islam meaning "peace"! See, even Muslim countries use force to settle scores between them when not in agreement. And this is for a reason, considering where they are coming from and what God they follow! It is imperative a common strategy is worked out to deal with violent forces in Islam and give Islam a fresh start in line with expectations of civilised world. For all purposes to find a workable path, remember even Allah does not forgive them but force them. They can only give wjat Allah, "the Allmighty" (Allmighty minus peace, mimus loving relationships!) gives them!
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                                                              Shoaib Malik
                                                              May 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm
                                                              Hinduism is absolutely unscientific and illogical of all religions. It's mainly based on RAPE culture and devil worship. Your so-called 'lord' Krishna raped and molested hundreds of girls when they came to bathe in ponds. He kept thousands of pros utes called 'gopis'. You're indeed devil worshipers who're destined to burn in fire for all eternity!
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                                                              Shoaib Malik
                                                              May 13, 2017 at 7:24 am
                                                              IOK is so poor that people get themselves killed by throwing stones for just Rs 500. On the other hand Azad Kashmir is blooming with prosperity.
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                                                                bap of jihadi md dar
                                                                May 13, 2017 at 8:33 am
                                                                ha us aur china ke talwe chatne k bad prosperi y to dikh hi rahi h,bijle bhi nai h porki me aur bat karte h, jitna tumahra pura budget h,utna to hum thook dete h,rajni ha me,char tukde hone ko taiyar rho ,2 to kar hi chuke h
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                                                                  Shoaib Malik
                                                                  May 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm
                                                                  Bhookha, nanga Hindustani. Tu bhikhari nanga nahayega kya aur ni e kya?
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                                                                Shoaib Malik
                                                                May 13, 2017 at 7:23 am
                                                                What India is doing in Kashmir is worse than what Israel is doing in Palestine. The brutalities of Indian army on innocent Kashmiri Muslims are out there in the open for everyone to see. But the good thing is that good vanquishes evil in the end and India will lick dust at the end and will have to give up its illegal claim on Kashmir eventually.
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                                                                  bap of jihadi md dar
                                                                  May 13, 2017 at 8:34 am
                                                                  mulle jihadi tum baloochistan ko dekho,aur ha tumara nya bap china jo xinjiang me jihadi nam pe bhi ban kar diya h usko kuch bolo
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                                                                    Shoaib Malik
                                                                    May 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm
                                                                    Tumhari humse aur China se itni phathti kyon hai?
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                                                                    evaan
                                                                    May 13, 2017 at 10:51 am
                                                                    why r u here... to spread terrorism... listen mr.shoaib u have nothing to loose... becz u don't having anything of ur own... country on which u proud of is part of Hindustan....not of arabs second ur dna in ur body is also Hindustani... even ur current religion is not ur creation....its forced by mugals and arab on u.... and then u seprated due to extremism of religion.... u start hating us....start producing terrorist... u think u care about muslims... mr.check about ur own peoples deaths... and no other Muslim country care about u.... what u did in Afghanistan.... every one know... stop dreaming and start thinking humanly...
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                                                                      Venkat Pokkunuri
                                                                      May 13, 2017 at 10:58 am
                                                                      let your govt offer citizenship to Indian muslims and see how many will take it; i bet, the number wont cross 100
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                                                                        Venkat Pokkunuri
                                                                        May 13, 2017 at 10:59 am
                                                                        punjab, sindh, POK belongs to India
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                                                                          Rakesh Pandit
                                                                          May 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm
                                                                          Shoeb, we even take home your gori chikni girls. Send your mother and sister too. They will enjoy.....
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                                                                            Shoaib Malik
                                                                            May 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm
                                                                            You should be worried about getting your sisters and mother banged by Muslims. They must be ready to elope with some Kashmiri or UP Muslim man These days it's getting very common as Hindu girls are fal for Muslim neat s - what you call as love jihad.
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