Northern Army Commander reviews situation in Kashmir

Visits LoC; Sharifabad And Awantipora Army Garrisons | Asks Troops Not To Lower Guard

Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 4 2018 1:00AM | Updated Date: Jan 4 2018 1:00AM
Northern Army Commander reviews situation in Kashmir

The northern army commander Lieutenant General D Anbu Wednesday took stock of the situation in Kashmir and preparations of the army on the Line of Control for winter months.

The army commander sought feedback from the officers and soldiers about the “status of infiltration and counter infiltration preparedness.” 

A source in the army said that Anbu during his interaction with the soldiers at LoC in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district was told about the threat posed by the snow avalanches. “Many soldiers explained to the army commander that guarding forward posts is extremely difficult given the heavy snowfall these areas receive,” the source said. 

“The army commander sought details about the latest alert and alarm gadgets provided to the soldiers guarding forward posts on LoC in Uri, Baramulla, Keran, Tangdhar, Kupwara and Gurez.”

A senior army official privy to the army commander’s visit to forward posts said the vacation of forward posts in the wake of heavy casualties inflicted on the army due to snow avalanches is impossible. “Snow or no snow, our troops remain alert to ensure there is no infiltration bid. There is no question of lowering the guard. So vacating the forward posts is strategically not possible despite the fact entire LoC falls in high risk snow avalanche zone,” he said on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to media.

The officer revealed that the army commander asked troops on LoC not to lower the guard as there were inputs that infiltration attempts may take place even at a time when most of the passes stand blocked due to snow. “The army commander asked troops to maintain a tight vigil to ensure no militant sneaks into this side of the fence,” the officer said.

An army spokesman here said that during his interaction with officers and men on ground, the army commander lauded them for the “high levels of morale and vigil.” “He exhorted them to continue to work with zeal and dedication to overcome the challenges posed by weather and the enemy,” he said in a statement here.

He said later in the day, the army commander also visited Sharifabad and Awantipora army garrisons where he was given a first-hand account of the ground situation. “He complimented the troops for their utmost professionalism, and urged them to continue performing their tasks with diligence,” the spokesman said.

At Awantipora army base in South Kashmir, a source in the defence said that the army commander was briefed about the status of militancy and the number of active militants. 

Despite the fact that the forces have killed 206 militants this year, including 15 top commanders of various militant outfits, the number of militants remains same.

“The army commander directed the officers to remain alert to prevent possible strikes by militants especially Jaish-e-Muhammad as seen at Lethpora, Pulwama,” the source said. He said the army commander also deliberated as to what pushes local boys to join militant ranks and termed continuous recruitment as a challenge.


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