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Says those willing to shun militancy are welcome

Yusmarg: Stating that it will act tough against the gun-wielding youth in Kashmir but will facilitate the return those who want to shun militancy, the Army on Monday said that violence has yielded nothing for Kashmir.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of Yusmarg Festival in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, General Officer Commanding (GoC) Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt. General B S Raju today said that whosoever is holding gun will face tough action from the army. “However, those willing to return by shunning the path of violence are welcome. We will facilitate their return.

“I appeal to the youth ready to quit militancy to return as environment is feasible to start a new and peaceful life,” news agency KNO reported GoC as saying.

“Militancy has given nothing to Kashmir,” he said.

About situation in south Kashmir, the GoC said: “Situation in south Kashmir is normal. Economic activities are picking up there. Apple trade is also picking; and if Covid-19 subsides, I am sure schools will also re-open there.”

On the overall situation in Kashmir, the army officer said there is an environment of peace prevailing in the region. “I think we are on the right track,” he said.

About the situation on LoC, the GoC Raju said that this year, the army has been able to plug the infiltration to a large extent. “Ahead of snowfall and winter, the attempts may increase, but our men are maintaining a tight vigil to foil all bids,” he said.

About the Yusmarg festival, the GoC Raju said that the army organizes youth festival every year. “Today, the participation of people is more compared to previous years.

“Today, I could see doctors, and some NGOs too participating while youth are showcasing their talent. There is a drug-de-addiction camp also today where youth would get medicines and free counseling,” he said. (KNO)

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