Kashmir’s youth sends a strong signal to reject gun culture
Srinagar: In a move that indicates that the Kashmiri youth was in favour of shunning the Pakistan-sponsored ‘gun culture’, a few youngsters tore down the posters of terrorists like Burhan Wani and Hizbul Mujahideen in south Kashmir.
The incident was caught on camera as few Kashmiri youth were photographed removing the posters of the terrorists in south Kashmir, often considered to the epicentre of terror activities in the state, Times Now reported.
As per the report, the posters that were brought down by the youngsters threatened the local police force, called out the youth to join the terrorist’ groups and warned the public against participating in local elections in the region. By removing the posters, the Kashmiri youth seem to be giving out the signal that they want nothing to do with Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.
Last month, around 259 boys from Jammu and Kashmir had joined Indian Army’s Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) Battalion. The Kashmiri boys were inducted in the battalion following the completion of their one-year course of JKLI battalion at Regimental Centre in Rangreth in Srinagar.
In November last year, the Army’s northern command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said that there had been a “relative decline” in the number of youths joining terrorist groups in Kashmir for the “past some time.”
Without specifying a time period, Lt Gen Singh had told reporters, “As far as recruitment is concerned, it is a matter of satisfaction that for the past some time there has been a relative decline in the number of youths joining militancy.”
Meanwhile, in a significant political development in the state, Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal, who topped the civil services exam in 2010, resigned from his post on Wednesday in order to protest against the “unabated killings in Kashmir”. Speculations suggested that he was likely to enter politics.