More than 250 active militants in Kashmir: army commander

More than 250 active militants in Kashmir: army commander
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NSG will work with police, not with army, says Lt Gen Bhat at inauguration of Baramulla Youth Festival

Baramulla: More than 250 militants are active in Kashmir and about the same number are waiting at “launch pads” across the Line of Control to infiltrate into the valley, the GOC 15 corps Lt Gen AK Bhat said on Sunday, adding that the Indian Army was ready to take them on.
The Indian Army will not allow anyone to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Bhat told reporters after the inauguration of ‘Baramulla Youth Festival 2018’ here at the Showqat Ali Stadium in Government Degree College Ground Khawajabagh.
Replying to a question, Bhat said that commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) will work with Jammu and Kashmir Police in Srinagar city in anti-militancy operations.
“NSG will not work with army, yes. They will work with the local police, mostly in Srinagar city,” he said.
Bhat said the Indian army was ready to challenge all militants in Kashmir professionally and will eliminate all anti-social elements. “Kashmiri people are peace lovers and the army also wants peace in the region. We are working only for peace,” he said.
Bhat said that because a conference was coming up at the United Nations in a few days, Pakistan was showing different video clips in which the Indian army is shown damaging buildings and other properties in Kashmir. He said all these videos were “fake”.
He said that after the ceasefire in the month of Ramadan, the army has again launched anti-militancy operations in Kashmir and the Governor’s Rule in the state will not put affect army operations.
Gen Bhat said the situation in north Kashmir was better than in the south.
“Compared to south Kashmir, there is less number of militants in north and the situation is also better in north Kashmir for which I thank the people, especially the youth, here,” he said.
Cricketer Irfan Pathan and Bollywood actress Gowhar Khan were present at the inauguration of the Baramulla youth festival. Both of them said they wanted the youth of Kashmir to show their talent in all fields.
GOC 19 infantry division Lt Gen GS Rawat, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, officials from police and civil administration were present at the function, during which school students presented cultural programmes.