Won't allow revival of militancy in Kishtwar: Corps Commander

Terming multiple militancy incidents in Kishtwar as unfortunate, Army’s White Knight Corps Commander Lt Gen Paramjit Singh on Saturday said that forces won’t allow revival of militancy in the district and added that the operation to track down militants is continuously going on in the area after the recent attack.

Lt Gen Singh was talking to media persons on the sidelines of Rajouri Day event held by army and civil administration in advanced landing ground of Rajouri.

“The three militancy related incidents in Kishtwar are a cause of concern. Intelligence agencies, police and army have prepared a joint strategy and the same is being implemented on ground.” he said adding that many people involved in these incidents have been arrested and even now operations are going on in the area.

“I assure that if there are attempts to revive militancy in Kishtwar, we will not allow it to happen.” Lt Gen Singh said.

In his statement, Lt Gen Paramjit Singh also said that in last one and a half month, 513 ceasefire violations have taken place on the Line of Control and among these violations, heavy weapons have been used for over 100 times by Pakistan and Indian army has given befitting reply to every violation.

When asked about the casualties suffered by Pakistan in Indian retaliation, Lt Gen Singh said, “Pakistan army do not declare their causalities but the information collected from sources disclosed that Pakistan has suffered casualties six times higher than the number on our side.”

 The army corps commander also said Pakistan used heavy weapons including artillery on Line of Control to target Indian side and all the ceasefire violations and other mischievous acts from Pakistan on LoC have received befitting retaliation from Indian army.

On sniper attacks from Pakistani side on LoC, he said, “defensive measures have been put in place after such attacks that took place in last two to three months.”

He also shared figures of sniper attacks and revealed that only four sniper shot incidents took place from January 1 to February 26 and after that not even a single incident of sniper attack has taken place.

While replying to a question regarding attempts of some political parties to politicise the name of army, Lt Gen Singh said, “army works under the constitutional framework and army has its own task and mandate and army does not want to fall in any such issue.”

When asked about present security scenario in Rajouri and Poonch, he said that after 1990s, army, civil population, civil administration and police worked jointly to eradicate militancy from Rajouri and Poonch but still attempts are being made to disturb the peace of the two districts.

“Till the time we all (army, police, civil administration and civil population) will keep working in close synergy, the attempts to revive militancy in Rajouri and Poonch cannot achieve success.” said Lt Gen Paramjit Singh.