Persuade your sons to return: GoC to militants' mothers

General officer commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based 15 Corps lieutenant general KJS Dhillon on Saturday appealed to mothers of militants to motivate their sons to quit militancy and return to their homes.

“Today, I make a fervent appeal to all Kashmiri mothers to ask their gun-wielding sons to return to their homes to live a happy life,” Dhillon said.

“I also urge the mothers to stop their sons from joining militancy. I guarantee the mothers that we will facilitate the safe return and entry of the youth into the mainstream,” he told a function organised on the passing-out-cum attestation parade of 152 new recruits at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) training centre at Rangreth.

A day after February 14 deadly suicide attack at Lethpora, Pulwama, that left 40 CRPF soldiers dead and over two dozen injured, Dhillon had made a similar appeal to militants’ mothers but also warned that “whosoever was holding a gun will be eliminated”.

The GoC 15 Corps said that JAKLI has been serving the country since 1947.

“I would like to mention here that army is not a profession, or a job only but a way of life. A solider is identified outside his unit by his behaviour and attitude that he learns in the parade ground during training,” he said.

At today’s passing out parade, 152 recruits were inducted into the JAKLI after rigorous training. Of the total recruits, 26 belonged to Kashmir and rest from Jammu districts. The GoC Dhillon said new recruits were trained in battle-craft training, language, firing, physical fitness, sports, computer and above all “these recruits are good human beings and good soldiers.” 

“These pass outs belong to all religions as some are Muslims, some Sikhs, some Christian and some Buddhists. This reflects the secular character of the army. This is rather a mini-India and I am proud of these recruits,” he said.