Srinagar: The army commander in Kashmir said that the army was pursuing a “strategy” to bring local militants back home.
“We are working on two fronts. One front is to continue with counter-terror operations. Simultaneously the other strategy is that we want the return of the local militants back home,” General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, JS Sandhu, said.
He said it was due to this strategy that footballer Majid Irshad was brought home while Hizb militants Shams ul Viqar and Atta Malik were arrested.
“The youth have to understand that they should not fight the proxy war of Pakistan. The recent statement of Pakistan prime minister about Kashmir clearly indicates that the youth are fighting a proxy war,” Sandhu said.
“So it is my appeal to youth to shun violence and return home,” Sandhu said.
The IG CRPF, Zulfiqar Hassan, said that a large number of youth had been weaned away from violence.
“The surrender of footballer Majid should serve as example that it is better to shun violence and return home,” Hassan said. “We have to counsel family members. 60 plus people have returned,” he said.
“The local militants should follow him. There are many people who want to come back. The police, army and CRPF has a helpline for the people. The militants or their family members can call on those numbers and come back. They will not be harassed,” he said.
DGP Vaid said there were no reports of ISIS presence in Kashmir.
“ISIS is yet to be identified here,” he said.