SRINAGAR A top Army officer on Saturday appealed mothers in Kashmir to help the government force bring back their sons who have joined militancy, assuring them of safety and security.
General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen K J S Dhillon also appealed the parents to stop their children from joining militant ranks.
“From the core of my heart, I personally request all the mothers in Kashmir to please stop your children from joining militancy and bring back those who have gone astray. I guarantee you their safety, security and 100 per cent absorption in the mainstream,” he said.
The Army officer was addressing a passing out parade of the newly-recruited cadets at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) regiment at Rangreth in the outskirts of the city here.
The Corps Commander said life was God’s most beautiful gift and meant to live happily with the family.
“Please get them back into mainstream. This one life is the most beautiful gift from God, live it well with your family and remain happy,” he said.
A total of 152 cadets, including 26 from Kashmir valley, were recruited into the JAKLI regiment after completing six months rigorous training.
In his first presser after assuming the charge of the Srinagar based Corps, the army officer on February 20 said: Anybody who has picked up the gun in Kashmir will be eliminated unless he surrenders. This is a message and a request to all the mothers that please tell your children to surrender. There is a very good surrender policy being initiated by the government so that they can join the mainstream Otherwise, anyone who picks up the gun will be killed unless he surrenders, Lt Gen. Dhillon added.