'Situation under control, only one reversal', claims Army

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

The Army said locally-recruited security forces personnel are playing a leading role in anti-terror operations.

Noting that some 100-110 terrorists are active in South Kashmir region according to the police, "Some videos have surfaced (on social media) and we have investigated these".

"So, I am not too anxious about the situation becoming too bad or alarming". Lt Gen J S Sandhu said that the army has taken action against unprofessional soldiers after going through the videos being posted on social media. "Some of these videos are old and some were doctored". However some of these videos were doctored to some extent and do not give the entire story, the General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps said.

Asked whether there was any change in enthusiasm of Kashmiri youth on joining army after killing of Lt Umar Fayaz, GoC said no change has been seen.

"We ensure that army men continue to work in a professional manner". The situation will remain under control.

The youth of Kashmir is desirous of earning a livelihood and remains ready to grab the opportunity, he said. "In fact, the assessment is that we will continue improving the situation", GoC said.

GoC said about 19000 youth appeared for recruitment of 800 vacancies at Hyderbeigh, Pattan in Baramulla district in March-April this year.

The GoC said the situation was under control in Valley.

He said the Army has no information about one of its soldiers, Zahoor Ahmad Tokhar - who recently abandoned his camp in north Kashmir along with his service rifle, joining militant ranks.

Earlier, the Army officer congratulated 251 cadets of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry for their successful passing out parade and said "they have become an inseparable part of the Army".

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