Amid the chaos and rising slogans of Azadi in Kashmir valley, a group of Kashmiris donned the uniform of Indian Army on Thursday with a pledge to fight for country. As many as 250 recruits participated in the passing out parade to join Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) regiment while the curfew was imposed outside the parade ground. JAKLI exclusively recruits people from the state of J-K – including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
New recruits of the Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment (JKLIR) take oath as they participate in a passing out parade at Rangreth an army base on the outskirts of Srinagar, on Saturday , 15 July 2017. A group of 250 young men from Jammu and Kashmir were formally inducted into the JKLIR after Nine months of rigorous training.
Kashmir has been in the grip of massive violence since July 8 when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter by the Indian Army. Ever since, the clash between angry youth and army has become a routine in the valley and till now more than 100 people have lost their lives.