The police have vowed to ensure peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir in its New Year resolution and also launch a "war" against drug abuse in Jammu and Kashmir.
The "vision" for 2018 will be unveiled by director general of police SP Vaid during a press briefing on December 31.
"We have a vision for 2018. It is based on three things: peaceful Kashmir, bring violence to its lowest ebb and launch a crusade against the growing drug abuse," Vaid told Greater Kashmir.
He said that it is high time for peace to prevail in Kashmir. "Our primary focus will be to create an atmosphere free of violence, though our operations against militants will continue unabated," Vaid said.
Asked whether the police would succeed in ensuring peace given that more local boys were joining the militant ranks, Vaid said that "due to our humane approach aimed at bringing back youth who had left their families and joined militant groups, 70 youth were brought back."
"They had not picked up arms but were lured. Their return is really an achievement. We will continue this endeavour to save as many youth as we can," he said.
The police chief said that seven youth who had joined various militant ranks were "persuaded to return and join their families again."
"In 2018, we will further intensify this drive. Here, we need support from the families of youth who have picked up arms. Pakistan also needs to cooperate with us and stop sending militants to Kashmir," he said.
The police have also vowed to launch a vigorous campaign to eradicate drug abuse in the state from its roots.
"Our young boys are becoming victims of drug abuse. This needs to be stopped and as part our New Year resolution, we will leave no stone unturned to eradicate the menace of drug abuse from the entire state," the DGP said.