Army to Owaisi: We don’t com­mu­nalise mar­tyrs

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IN WHAT seems like a re­ac­tion to the claims made by All India Ma­jlis-e-It­te­hadul Mus­limeen (AIMIM) chief Asadud­din Owaisi re­gard­ing the re­cent ter­ror strike at the Sun­jwan Army camp, the In­dian Army on Wed­nes­day said it does not com­mu­nalise the deaths of its sol­diers.

“We don’t com­mu­nalise mar­tyrs, those mak­ing state­ments don’t know the Army well,” Lt Gen­eral Devraj Anbu, the North­ern Army com­man­der, said at a press con­fer­ence in New Delhi.

Anbu’s state­ments come a day af­ter the AIMIM chief slammed those ques­tion­ing Mus­lims’ pa­tri­o­tism. He made the com­ment in ref­er­ence to the fact that five sol­diers got killed in the ter­ror strike at Sun­jwan army camp were Kash­miri Mus­lims. “(The) en­emy is frus­trated and is try­ing softer tar­gets. When they fail at bor­ders they at­tack on camps. Yes, the youth join­ing terrorism is a con­cern, we need to ad­dress this trend. In 2017, we fo­cused on lead­er­ship and elim­i­nated it,” Anbu added.

Mean­while, Anbu warned that any­one who picks up arms against the state will be dealt with sternly. “Any­one who picks up an arm and is against the state, is a ter­ror­ist and we’ll deal with him,” he said.

“So­cial me­dia is also re­spon­si­ble for in­crease in ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties. It is en­gag­ing the youth at a large scale,” he added.

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