Akhnoor (Jammu): Due to the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and polls in Jammu and Kashmir, this year will be a challenge for the government forces, a top Army commander said here Wednesday.
“I must say that once the troops in Afghanistan leave, once the people are out of job, they (militants) will try to come to this side. We are aware of that reality. We are a responsible professional Army,” Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra, GOC-in-C Northern Command told reporters here.
“We know that there is threat inside JK and threats from these inimical elements to peace. We are prepared for it—it is prudent to plan for it also—there are no such (al-Qaeda) indicators, but yes we will be prepared for this eventuality,” he said.
He said this year may pose serious challenges before the Army.
“2014 is a challenge for us. If there are problems in the neighbouring country, the affect would be found here also. They (militants) want to pollute democratic process in JK. (Militants) inspired incidents are taking place, but you see that they are targeting soft targets or those areas where they want to achieve success and run away. We are prepared for it,” Gen Chachra said.
“Militants will make efforts to vitiate atmosphere in Kashmir Valley. We should not give them the cause to vitiate atmosphere so that they cannot start a cycle of violence in Valley or anything to trigger a communal tension,” the Northern Command Chief said.
“See, the fact is that ‘terror infrastructure’ is in place. A day before we killed three of the top (militants) including a big leader. We are going after the leaders,” he said.
He was replying to a volley of questions about militants’ plans this year, when Assembly and Lok Sabha polls are going to be held, cross-border infiltration, spillover of militants of Taliban and al-Qaeda from Afghanistan after the troops withdrawal.—PTI