No rise in ul­tras’ re­cruit­ment af­ter an­nounce­ment of cease­fire: Army

■ “Pak­istan is still fully en­gaged in at­tempt­ing in­fil­tra­tion, but our troops are de­ployed to stop such at­tempts,” says Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing of the Sri­na­gar-based Chi­nar Corps, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Anil Ku­mar Bhatt

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THERE are no in­di­ca­tions of an in­crease in mil­i­tant re­cruit­ment dur­ing the uni­lat­eral cease­fire by the Cen­tre in Kash­mir, but Pak­istan is still try­ing to push ul­tras from across the LoC into the Val­ley, a top Army of­fi­cial said here on Tues­day.

Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (GoC) of the Sri­na­gar-based Chi­nar Corps, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Anil Ku­mar Bhatt also noted that peo­ple of Kash­mir have re­sponded well to the Cen­tre’s an­nounce­ment of Non Ini­ti­a­tion of Com­bat Oper­a­tions (NICO) dur­ing Ramzan and some peace has been achieved in the Val­ley.

Asked about any in­crease in mil­i­tant re­cruit­ment since the uni­lat­eral cease­fire was an­nounced by the Cen­tre at the be­gin­ning of the holy month of Ramzan, the Corps com­man­der told PTI “There are no in­di­ca­tions as such at the mo­ment and we hope it will come down”.

“Since the cease­fire, some peace has been achieved and the pub­lic has re­sponded well to it. We will be happy if there is no civil ca­su­alty in these 30 days of Ramzan,” he said.

The GoC said any de­ci­sion regarding ex­ten­sion of cease­fire will have to be taken by the Govern­ment but the Army was ready to im­ple­ment any such de­ci­sion. “That de­ci­sion has to be taken by the Govern­ment and we are ready to im­ple­ment any such de­ci­sion,” he said. Asked about in­fil­tra­tion at­tempts from across the LoC, Lt Gen Bhatt said there were at­tempts by Pak­istan, but the troops were de­ployed to stop them.

“As far as in­fil­tra­tion is con­cerned, Pak­istan is still fully en­gaged in at­tempt­ing in­fil­tra­tion, but our troops are de­ployed to stop such at­tempts,” he said.

On spike in weapons snatch­ing in­ci­dents in the val­ley, the Corps com­man­der said it was the frus­tra­tion of the mil­i­tants.

“This is their frus­tra­tion. Po­lice have foiled many such at­tempts re­cently and the po­lice are re­spond­ing to it very ef­fec­tively,” he said. Ear­lier, Lt Gen Bhatt in­au­gu­rated the Army’s Kash­mir Su­per 30 (Med­i­cal) free res­i­den­tial coach­ing for NEET as­pi­rants.

“It is a proud mo­ment and a happy mo­ment for us that we have se­lected 30 stu­dents from across the J&K for the Su­per 30 (Med­i­cal). I am sure these stu­dents will get good coach­ing and se­cure ad­mis­sion in best col­leges across the coun­try and earn a name for them­selves, for their par­ents and for the coun­try,” he said.

“I am sure these stu­dents, who are our fu­ture, will make full use of the op­por­tu­nity to move for­ward in life… It has been our main aim, es­pe­cially since the last one year, to en­gage youth. The aim be­hind all our ac­tiv­i­ties is to join the youth with the main­stream,” he said.

Lt Gen Bhatt said that the en­deav­our of the forces is to join the youth of the val­ley with the main­stream.

15 Corps Com­man­der Lt. Gen­eral A K Bhatt at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of Kash­mir Su­per 30 (Med­i­cal), a free res­i­den­tial coching for NEET, in Sri­na­gar on Tues­day. (PTI)

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