22nd September 1997
Hindustan Times Correspondent
The Latnu operation in Beerwa tehsil of central Kashmir district of Budgam in which the Army killed 16 militants, 14 of them foreigners, was a "success because of the cooperation of locals." Lauding the locals Maj. Gen J.B.S. Yadav said "this was a combined operation of Kashmiri people and the Army against Pakistan sponsored militants." Maj Gen Yadav who commands the Eighth Mountain Division said that this "delivers a lesson to Pakistan that the people of Kashmir were against the cult of violence and had seen through Pakistan's designs."