Srinagar, 05 May: The General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Srinagar-based army’s 15th Corps, Lt. Gen. DP Pandey, said on Thursday that the army had stopped more than 200 youths from joining the ranks of terror in Kashmir.
Speaking to reporters in Srinagar, the GC said that over the past year they have stopped nearly 230 youths from joining the ranks of terrorism and brought them back into the mainstream, adding that it is was his greatest achievement.
Lt Gen DP Pandey said they were working on two fronts, one to neutralize terrorists and to ensure surrenders in live encounters and to prevent young people from joining the ranks of terror.
“We wanted to reduce the number of terrorists. I think we did well on both counts,” he said.
The outgoing GC said: “He came to the valley with a philosophy of breaking the cycle of violence in Kashmir and succeeded to a large extent.
“It wasn’t anything unique, but it continued what its predecessors did in the past,” he said.
“This time the media freely covered what the army was doing, and it was noticed by the general public,” the army officer said.
“Now peace has started to become a permanent feature. Although some people are unhappy with the peaceful atmosphere and keep trying new ways to disrupt it, there will always be countermeasures to defeat these elements,” he said.
“Whether it was the Rashtriya Rifles in the hinterland or the Line of Control soldiers, both were an integral part of Kashmiri society.
“Both of them have faced challenges together and succeeded,” the senior army officer said.
The GC said J&K police get so much human intelligence that people don’t want terrorists coming and staying in their homes.
“Now the times have changed, people don’t want to be openly called terrorism supporters. There are places where terrorism supporters or super OGWs are isolated. That’s the major change happening now, and everyone is happy with this change,” he said. mentioned.
On US weapons used in Afghanistan making inroads into the valley, the Government of Canada said these were not challenges, but changes were needed in procedures, drills and practices.
“There are weapons that have appeared with an American stamp or with night glasses but we have already changed our style of operation,” he said.
With regard to the challenge of hybrid terrorists, the Government of Canada has declared that it is no longer a great challenge. “It was difficult to identify early on a 15 or 16 year old civil servant, shopkeeper or student engaged in terrorist activities.
“Now society is so dynamic and such elements are identified in a jiffy. Parents also keep a close eye on children so that they don’t go down a wrong path,” the GC said.
Regarding the ceasefire pact and its benefits, the army official said that it had never been a challenge for the army, but people on both sides of the fence were suffering.
“Today, people on both sides of the border lead peaceful lives, which is a good gesture,” he said.
Responding to a question about Amarnath Yatra, the GC said there will always be threats to disrupt Yatra, but the security systems and measures taken will always thwart such plans.
“A good security system is in place and such threats will always exist. We will be ready,” he said.
About the amnesty policy for wayward youth, the GC said it is very simple. “If you take up arms, you’re on the wrong track. Get out, join the social stream and if you don’t want to come out publicly to surrender, contact the nearest company commander.
“The RR company commander or police staff will see to it that you are taken out of circulation and go through the rule of law process. Thereafter rejoin the company. This is the best amnesty possible.” “A number of people have opted for this,” he said.
The GC said this is an important moment in recent history when the doors of peace, stability, progress, prosperity and happiness are opening like never before.
He said there is a popular saying “success comes from the alleys and backyards, not the front door”. This is so true for our Kashmir today,” the Government of Canada said.
“We hear a number of people talk about the ‘Kashmir problem’ all the time. I believe it is not a ‘Kashmir problem’ but a ‘Kashmir problem’. Bad terminology slanders the land and the people of Kashmir,” he said. .