Handwara, June 24: General Officer Commanding (GOC), 15 Corps, D P Pandey Thursday said that the situation in Kashmir had witnessed a significant improvement and the incidents of violence had come down by 50 percent and that Kashmir was heading towards stability.
GOC Pandey said that the enemies of peace try to create fear psychosis among the masses by targeting unarmed civilians.
He said that the recent attacks and incidents of violence was frustration of the enemies of peace.
He said that the security forces would never allow anyone to disrupt peace and efforts were on to curb the incidents of violence so that peaceful environment prevails.
Lt Gen Pandey was chief guest at a programme organised by the Army in Handwara during which the Army Goodwill School Budkot was renamed as Ashutosh Army Goodwill School in memory of the officer who was killed in a gunfight in Changmulla Handwara last year.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the function, Lt Gen Pandey accused Pakistan of stirring violence in Kashmir. He rejected the claim of Pakistan that violence in Kashmir was homegrown and said that the fact was that it was being operated by Pakistani militants.
“Pakistan claims on different world platforms that militancy in Kashmir is homegrown and tries to project that the militants operating in Kashmir are locals but the fact is that the non-local militants operating here are all Pakistani nationals,” Lt Gen Pandey said.
“Every Pakistani militant killed exposes the agenda of enemy and these Pakistani militants want the local youth to be killed so that their relatives including family members and friends go against the country,” he said.
Lt Gen Pandey said that the local youth was being used by with an aim to spread alienation and it was the duty of the parents, community leaders and civil society members to rise to the occasion and protect them.
He said that there was a need to ensure that young children should not die.
“We should not allow our young children to die for something illogical and incorrect,” Lt Gen Pandey said.
About the ceasefire agreement, he said both the counties had entered the agreement to ensure that the population along the Line of Control (LoC) should be taken care of.
He said that the recent attacks in Srinagar in which criminal-minded people kill unarmed persons could not be termed as militant incident.
About the number of militants operating in Kashmir, he said about 200 militants were active in Kashmir and by the end of this year the number would be reduced further.