Anantnag youth all set to join Army as CO  

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Srinagar: An engineering graduate from south Kashmir district of Anantnag, which is the worst hit area during the current unrest, is all set to join Army as Commissioned Officer after securing fourth position in Services Selection Board (SSB) examination.

Zubair Ahmad Itoo, who had appeared in the hectic SSB examination for being commissioned as an Officer in Army from June 15 to June 20, will now join 49-week long officer training at Officers Training Academy in Chennai.

After completing training at Chennai Academy, Zubair, who completed his engineering from the SRM University Delhi this year, will join the Indian Army as a Lieutenant.

Zubair said he was inspired by a senior Army officer of 15 Corps to join the Army, where one learn discipline to lead a dignified life. "I went to headquarter in Srinagar as I always wanted to join Army," he said, adding after meeting the officer I decided to prepare for the SSB examination.

He said in fact more youths from the Jammu and Kashmir wanted to join Army and other security forces to serve the nation.

The news comes at a time when the entire valley in reeling under unrest that has left 85 civilians dead and over 9500 other in security force action since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander BurhanWani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

Meanwhile, life remained crippled from last three months in entire Kashmir valley due to strike called by separatists against civilians killings and demanding right to self determination.

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