Committed To Sustain Normalcy: Lt Gen Joshi

Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Y K Joshi | File Photo

Udhampur- The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has by and large been peaceful and the Army is committed to ensure that the civil administration operates in a fear-free environment, Northern Army commander Lieutenant General Y K Joshi has said.

Lt Gen Joshi, said synergised, ethical and precision operations by security forces have dealt a severe blow to the 'tanzeems' (militant groups), the militant network operating in the union territory and their leadership, both local and foreign.

"The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has by and large been peaceful, barring a few incidents, where militants in order to vent their frustration have targeted soft and vulnerable parts of the citizenry," the commander told PTI in an interview.

"The 'tanzeems' have been left rudderless without effective leadership and there is a dearth of arms, ammunition and other war-like stores, especially automatic weapons," he said.

The result is, militants are resorting to low-scale standoff attacks and avoiding direct gunbattles, Lt Gen Joshi said.

Militants "are avoiding a pitched battle when contact is established with security forces", he said.

Lt Gen Joshi said that recruitment of local youths by militant groups has more or less been restricted and is in only three districts of south Kashmir.

"There has been a perceptible difference within the Kashmir Valley where North Kashmir has started to savour the benefits of peace", he said.

Another initiative of security forces, which has begun to yield results is the surrender of local militants, indicative that there is a drastic loss of traction amongst the youth who are being forced to take up arms, the commander said.

"We are committed to sustain normalcy and peace in Jammu and Kashmir, allowing the civil administration to operate in a 'fear-free' environment," he said.

Lt Gen Joshi also said that the intensity of counter-militancy operations will persist during the coming months.

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