General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based Army’s 15 Corps, Lt Gen DP Pandey, said on Friday that the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan may push some militants to enter Kashmir but he added that Army is ready deal with any misadventure along the Line of Control and the in rural areas as well.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a passing out parade at JAKLI Regiment Centre Rangreth in Srinagar on the outskirts of Srinagar, GOC Pandey said that some people who are fond of freedom should witness about the situation along the LoC and the situation in Pakistan, Afghanistan border.
He said the first priority for the army is always conventional training, then counter-insurgency operations or anti-infiltration operations.
“ We are ready to face any misadventure along the LoC or in the hinterland. We are ready to respond effectively at every stage.”
Meanwhile army officer claimed that earlier only money used to come under narco-module but now drugs are also coming adding that J&K Police is dealing with narco-infiltration very effectively and a lot of contraband substandard have been seized.
He urged parents, civil society, and teachers to focus on children so that they stay away from drugs.
When asked about the recent talks between politicians in Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi will have any impact on the security situation in Kashmir, GOC Pandey said the security situation and the political process are two different things.
He explained Political communication is a continuous process which is always going on and security situation is a separate matter
Over the question of militancy in Kashmir, the GOC said that till the militant network goes away, there is a need for a security grid so that people come out and live in a peaceful environment.
On the question about the status of infiltration along the LoC in Kashmir, he said that there has been zero infiltration so far this year but he claimed that launch pads are active. (CNS)