Ef­fec­tive de­cline in lo­cal youth join­ing mil­i­tancy: Gen Ran­bir

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Stat­ing that they are in to­tal con­trol of sit­u­a­tion along Loc and as well as on hin­ter­land, Army on Wed­nes­day said that there is an ef­fec­tive de­cline in lo­cal youth join­ing the mil­i­tate ranks in the Val­ley.

Talk­ing to re­porters on the side­lines of the win­ter sports func­tion at Gul­marg, North­ern Com­mand Chief Lt Gen Ran­bir Singh told re­porters that in 2018, many lo­cal youth joined the mil­i­tancy as per their as­sess­ment but from past four to five months, there is ef­fec­tive de­cline in the lo­cal youth join­ing the mil­i­tant ranks.

"It is be­cause of the sus­tained ef­forts of gov­ern­ment and se­cu­rity forces that we have been able to pre­vail upon par­ents and teach­ers so that they aware their chil­dren over not to join mil­i­tant ranks," he said.

He added that Army is in to­tal con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion as far as Line of Con­trol and hin­ter­land is con­cerned, say­ing that the num­ber of in­fil­tra­tion bid has been foiled.

"Pak­istan con­tin­ues to vi­o­late cease­fire with a view to fa­cil­i­tate in­fil­tra­tors to give them a cover to cross across Loc. Our strat­egy is clear, when­ever there is cease­fire they are given a be­fit­ting re­ply and it is to the credit to troop­ers on Loc that we have been able to keep en­emy un­der tremen­dous pres­sure," he said.

The north­ern com­mand chief said that while Pak­istan might ini­ti­ate small ac­tion to sup­port in­fil­tra­tors, how­ever they are given deter­rent pun­ish­ment so that they should avoid such mis­ad­ven­tures. "We have a range of op­tions to tackle the sit­u­a­tion and we will use that depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion," he said.

About anti-mil­i­tancy op­er­a­tions, North­ern Com­mand Chief said that "Op­er­a­tions

have con­tin­ued whether counter in­fil­tra­tion bid on in the hin­ter­land, there is lot of flow in the in­for­ma­tion due to which we have achieved huge se­cu­rity suc­cess in past one year. More than 250 killed in one year, 50 mil­i­tants were ar­rested and about five sur­ren­dered, which is a huge suc­cess."

About rad­i­cal­iza­tion, Lt Ran­bir Singh said "Our ad­ver­sary is us­ing so­cial me­dia to a large ex­tend with a view to rad­i­cal­ize our youth to take them on wrong path, give them fake prom­ises and to give false feel­ing that they will be able to get Azadi in the man­ner our ad­ver­sary feels but youth has a lot of knowl­edge and po­ten­tial. We are all work­ing to­gether to en­sure the de­feat of such kind of sit­u­a­tion."

"So­cial me­dia is plat­form which has been an is­sue of con­cern for some time. We are putting var­i­ous mea­sures in place at dif­fer­ent lev­els to tackle the sit­u­a­tion. We are a step ahead. Our aim will al­ways be to re­main ahead as far as so­cial me­dia is con­cerned," he said while re­ply­ing to a query.

Asked about 2018, he said that sev­eral things hap­pened in Kash­mir that in­clude non-ini­ti­a­tion of com­bat, Amar­nath ya­tra, elec­tions and other things that went peace­fully. "As far as forces are con­cerned, we are al­ways ready for any kind of sit­u­a­tion. AS the elec­tions are go­ing to take place in 2019, there will be ac­tiv­i­ties from ad­ver­sary, but armed forces are fully pre­pared to tackle any kind of sit­u­a­tion that could arise any time," he said.

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