Ideas from journalists had excellent results on ground: GoC 15 Corps

Moazum Mohammad
Srinagar: Outgoing General Officer Commanding (GoC) of army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh Sunday said that some Kashmiri journalists shared ideas with him which had “excellent results” on the ground.
Singh without naming any journalist said they shared their ideas with him which were implemented and had a positive outcome on the ground. “One among you guided me what to do and how to do it. I learnt it all here. I want to convey my gratitude to those who gave me idea which acted upon gave us excellent results,” Singh said at a party hosted for the scribes by the army at Badamibagh Cantonment here as his tenure ends this month.
“Another journalist told me about dog bites issue. We opened six dog bite treatment centers, and I must thank you for writing the truth. I have reverence for some journos for whom I can do anything in my life,” Singh said.
Singh heaped praise on the Valley-based journalists for “not having any hidden agenda and following untruth”.
“From the core of my heart, I won’t hesitate to admit that one of the best people I met here are journalists. They all follow the truth and I haven’t come across a single journalist who has hidden agenda or follows untruth,” Singh said.
Commenting upon the current situation and the recently released videotape of al-Qaeda, the army General stated that 40 militants including 10 top leaders, among which four were foreigners and six locals, were killed upto June while 140 weapons were recovered from them.
“Among 140 weapons, 56 were pistols. Sixty-three militants were neutralized. There has been no human rights violation and collateral damage in the encounters,” he added.
He said that situation was “under control in the Valley as counterinsurgency grid and effective intelligence network was quite active” to counter any threat especially in view of the recently released video-tape of al-Qaeda.