Srinagar: Lt Gen DS Hooda, Northern Army Commander, accompanied by Lt Gen Satish Dua, Chinar Corps Commander, today called on the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her official residence and discussed the prevailing security situation in the Valley.
He assured the Chief Minister that Army will provide all possible assistance to the State Government to bring peace at the earliest.
Army spokesman in a statement said that the northern commander appealed to all sections of the society, especially the youth to exercise calm and maintain peace.
He said that the prevailing state of violence has caused a lot of losses in terms of education of children, damage to public property, losses to traders and daily wagers and has badly affected tourism. “The most precious loss is that of young people who were the sole breadwinners of their families.”
Earlier in the day, Lt Gen DS Hooda visited areas of Kashmir valley and reviewed the security situation and collaborative measures of Security Forces towards ensuring peace and calm in the region.
Reinforcing the need to maintain high vigil, he urged the troops to continue exercising maximum restraint in dealing with the protesting crowds and sensitise the people especially the youth to eschew violence to usher in peace at the earliest.
He also appreciated the various humanitarian initiatives by the troops to bring succour to common people affected due to the ongoing unrest and exhorted them to sustain this positive engagement with the Awaam.