Return Of Kashmiri Youth: Army Backs Govt

Return Of Kashmiri Youth: Army Backs Govt

29 March 2010
Kashmir Times
Arun Gupta

Jammu: Supporting state government's policy over the issue of amnesty Kashmir youth who had cross the borders, army today said that Army will adhere to the decisions of the government and will take all the precautions needed in this regard. Brigadier General Staff (BGS), 16 Corps, Brig Gurdeep Singh said while addressing media persons at Nagrota today said, 'We have heard about this document that regarding to return of Kashmiri diaspora of the people who are across, the government has formulated a policy. For us being the security forces or being in the army it will be not correct to comment on it as to what good or bad it is. So far as security forces are concerned we are with the government. We are sure that suitable measures would be taken by the government to ensure that proper screening and proper action would to be taken and as far as we are concerned in the security forces, we are fully prepared to undertake any thing that is there. So, I don't think there can be any major problem or threat for us. There is no threat and absolutely we are ready to take anything.' To a query of security lapse as militants successfully infiltrated to Indians territory in Kalakot despite claims of anti infiltrations obstacle system in place, Singh said, 'It will be very incorrect for me to start presuming from where they have come and whether they have come from the obstacle system or other place. So, I won't comment on that.' Singh asserted that there has been movement of terrorist in Kalakot area and operations are on. This is an ongoing operation which is still continuing and we are extending it to the areas where we feel the terrorists might have moved. I won't like to divulge more inputs on that but we are taking all measures including use of helicopters to ferry troops from one place to the other. 'Like if we feel that terrorists have moved to a particular area and our troops are going to taken a longer time to move on foot we are even using a helicopter to drop them there. So, we are undertaking all operations and all actions to thwart all the attempts. It is pre-mature to say from where they have come and we are prepared to ensure that no one can cross the obstacle system that is being erected. He denied any security failure saying that it's incorrect to say it as a security failure at one instance. To a question of Pak signals in Jammu area and steps taken to block such signals, BGS said, 'It is upon government to look. Our duty is to inform the government about such things and its misuse. These things are discussed in our core group meetings.' He admitted that signals of several mobile companies reach this side but most actions are taken on government level. Some actions are taken in specific areas and some channels have been blocked but the army is conveying it in every core group meetings. He also admitted that it also benefits the militants to some extent. In response to a question of smuggling of weapon via cross LoC trade, Brigadier Singh said, these inputs do exist with them. 'We did get some inputs that the trans-LoC trade on the trans-LoC transit movement that is taking place can be misused. But as on date we don't have any concrete inputs that something along the trade route or transit route has happened. However, from our end we have sensitized the state administration and in our area Chakkan-Da-Bagh is the only place. We have sensitized the Poonch administration as well as the Divisional Commissioner and the police to ensure that the vehicles which are coming back after unloading stores in POK are rechecked at the transit points before these are released. So from our side we are sensitizing and all measures are being taken to ensure that it is not misused. To another question, Singh said that the troops were only relocated and readjusted as per operational requirements for the year 2010. There have been redeployments and relocations of troops as per the security assessment from time to time,' Brigadier Singh said, adding that troop relocation and redeployment is a continuous process and it is being undertaken from time to time. Troops are deployed as per security needs and at certain places police organization is given major role. Responding to a question of Hurriyat leader's threat that Kashmir issue should be resolved immediately otherwise there would be a possible war, BGS said, 'I think whatever he is saying is for the environment to just hear. It is just not possible. It is something that is neither feasible and I don't think we need even take any major cognizance of all these issues or what he is talking a war or something.' Brigadier Singh claimed that as per inputs 42 camps exist across the borders out of which 34 are operational and 8 dormant. He added that as per input 2000-2500 are available in these camps. There are 200-250 militants waiting in infiltrate from the launch pads opposite to Jammu region. In addition to this, he said, 'We have figure of 250 terrorists operating in Jammu region and 300 in valley with total of 550-600 in the state.' The senior Army officer claimed that his men killed 24 militants including several top commanders in encounters across various districts of the province. Singh also claimed that Army foiled three infiltration bids in the region. 'So far, we have killed 24 militants in different encounters across the Jammu region. Some of the slain militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul-Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad. HUJI has been totally alienated,' Singh also accused Pakistan agencies of helping militants obtain the state-of-the-art gadgetry, including the navigation and communication devices, to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir and carry out subversive activities. Singh questioned how militants were getting satellite phones which were otherwise not available in the open market. 'Satellite phone sets cannot be procured by you or me. It has to be registered first for which there are certain rules and provisions. 'Someone has to procure and give it (to the militants),' Brig Singh said, asserting that satellite phones or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) recovered from slain militants were certainly registered in Pakistan. Without registration, neither the satellite telephone sets nor the GPS (Garmin equipment), recovered from the slain militants, could have worked, the army officer said, asserting, 'It shows complicity of our neighbour who has provided the two militants Thuraya Satellite phones.'


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