50 youth from Kashmir have disappeared from the valley since March this year
Expressing concern over the help provided by Pakistan’s army and paramilitary forces to militants in infiltration bid from across the LoC, the Army said that unlike Kashmir, no youth from Jammu region seemed to be influenced by the ISIS ideology.
As many as 50 youth have disappeared from the valley since March, including 15 from Awantipora in South Kashmir, nine from Kulgam, seven from Shopian, eight from Anantnag and eleven from North Kashmir.Lt Gen KH Singh, General Officer Commanding said that the infiltration bids in the Poonch sector have become a routine, particularly from June to September every year. However, no rise has been gauged yet but the Pakistani army and their paramilitary forces like Mujahid Battalions are helping militants and it is a cause for concern for the Army.
The 16 Corps GOC said that the unprovoked ceasefire violations across the International Border are also aimed at helping intrusion bids. The Pakistani security forces and terrorists have some kind of cooperation between them.
He also referred to the recent truce violations in the Shahpur sector or Poonch, saying that Mujahid Battalion opened fire on our posts and men when our troops were trying to neutralize an intrusion bid and that is evident of the fact that the Pak Army is helping those ultras.
Civilian areas in Shahpur were shelled by the Pakistani troops on Eid, leaving give people injured, including a girl. After giving them an adequate response, the Shahpur and Guntarian areas are quiet.
Lt Gen KH Singh said that an effective AIOS is on the LoC including fence, surveillance devices and area domination patrols to foil these infiltration bids. He said that not even a single youth joined the militant ranks or seems to be influenced by the ISIS ideology in the Jammu region. The terror outfits have been exploiting cyber space to lure the youth and over a 50 from Kashmir have gone missing since March.