Delay in notifying firing ranges cause of concern: Army

Delay in notifying firing ranges cause of concern: Army

He also ruled out any threat of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir.

Commander of Army’s Northern Command-Lt Gen DS Hooda Friday termed the ‘delay’ in re-notification of Arnia and Tosamaidan firing ranges as a cause of concern for army.

He also ruled out any threat of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Nowshehra Day celebrations here, Hooda said delay in re-notification of both the firing ranges is a cause of concern for the army. He said the Army has established contact with the higher authorities in this regard.

“We have informed the concerned higher authorities in this regard, but it is unfortunate that the process is taking time,” Hooda said and added that due to unavailability of proper firing range, there are problems, “But I want to ensure that the Army is well prepared to tackle any situation,” he added.

Ruling out the threat of ISIS in J&K, Lt General Hooda said; “Though Jammu and Kashmir has no immediate threat from ISIS, but J&K cannot remain immune to it, as ISIS is spreading rapidly”.

“We cannot condone the networking of ISIS and there is a need to remain alert, as it’s widely spread on social networking sites, which is again a cause of concern,” he added.

The Army General further described the trend among some of the educated youth in Jammu and Kashmir to join the militant outfits ‘as a matter of grave concern’.