After CM, Army voices concern

325 Militants Active In Kashmir: Lt Gen Prakash

Educated Youth In Militant Ranks

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, June 13: Day after chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed concern over educated Kashmiri boys joining militant ranks, Army said although the number of such youth is far less, “but it is a matter of concern.”
“It is matter of concern that highly educated youth have been, of late, seen joining militancy,” Lt General Om Prakash, who left Kashmir Thursday after finishing his tenure as General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, told reporters. “Analysis reveals that their number is too low,” he added.
Gen Prakash said that most of the militants killed in encounters or detained were low qualified. “The Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) Divisional Commander Fahadullah who was arrested is 5th pass only,” he said.
During the past few weeks some militants with engineering degrees were killed in various encounters in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Some of them were in their early 20s.
Omar Abdullah has also voiced concern over qualified youth joining militant ranks saying that the Government shall have to look into the reasons and motivation for these educated youth taking to militancy. He added that recruitment of local youth in militant ranks is very low.
Gen Oma Prakash said the militants have changed their strategy and around 325 of them are active in Kashmir. “You have such a kind of militants who roam like a common man. They carry out attacks and again join the common people,” he said.
Gen Prakash said the number of foreign militants is more than locals in Kashmir. "The ratio of local to foreign militants is 60: 40 in north Kashmir,” he said adding the trend is reverse in south Kashmir.
The senior Army General said Kashmir is witnessing stability. “The efforts of people, civilian administration and security forces have brought stability in Kashmir,” he said adding it is fragile and efforts must continue so that the peace prevails.
About the infiltration, Gen Prakash said that two groups of militants have sneaked this year. “Pakistan is always desperate to push people to this side. Soldiers are alert on Line of Control (LoC) to meet the challenge,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST




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