Pakistan continuously helps infiltrators in Kashmir: Gen Bhat

No indication of increase in militant recruitment during unilateral ceasefire


SRINAGAR, Jun 12: Pakistan continues to help infiltration of militants into the Kashmir Valley though the Ramadan ceasefire has brought a modicum of peace into the lives of ordinary Kashmiris, a senior Army commander said on Tuesday.
Lt General A.K. Bhatt, Commander of the Srinagar headquartered 15 Corps, stated: "The Ramadan ceasefire has brought in some modicum of peace into the lives of the common Kashmiris who have appreciated the gesture.
"We are happy that no civilian casualty has taken place during the holy month of Ramadan, but Pakistan has been continuing its efforts to help infiltration into the state," he said.
Lt Gen Bhatt was here to inaugurate free residential coaching for aspirants of NEET medical entrance test.
He said that troops on the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, were deployed to meet the challenge of infiltration.
But the officer said that there were no indications suggesting that infiltration attempts would increase in the coming months.
Lt Gen Bhatt said the decision to extend or call off the Ramadan ceasefire was for the government to take.
"In both cases, the Army will continue to enforce the decision taken by the government."
There are no indications of an increase in militant recruitment during the unilateral ceasefire by the Centre in Kashmir, but Pakistan is still trying to push ultras from across the LoC into the valley, a top Army official said here today.
Asked about any increase in militant recruitment since the unilateral ceasefire was announced by the Centre at the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan, the Corps commander said. There are no indications as such at the moment and we hope it will come down".
Since the ceasefire, some peace has been achieved and the public has responded well to it. We will be happy if there is no civil casualty in these 30 days of Ramzan, he said.
The GoC said any decision regarding extension of ceasefire will have to be taken by the government but the Army was ready to implement any such decision.
That decision has to be taken by the government and we are ready to implement any such decision, he said.
Asked about infiltration attempts from across the LoC, Lt Gen Bhatt said there were attempts by Pakistan, but the troops were deployed to stop them.
As far as infiltration is concerned, Pakistan is still fully engaged in attempting infiltration, but our troops are deployed to stop such attempts, he said.
On spike in weapons snatching incidents in the valley, the Corps commander said it was the frustration of the militants.
This is their frustration. Police have foiled many such attempts recently and the police are responding to it very effectively, he said.
Earlier, Lt Gen Bhatt inaugurated the Army's Kashmir Super 30 (Medical) free residential coaching for NEET aspirants.
It is a proud moment and a happy moment for us that we have selected 30 students from across the J-K for the Super 30 (Medical). I am sure these students will get good coaching and secure admission in best colleges across the country and earn a name for themselves, for their parents and for the country, he said.
Lt Gen Bhatt said the endeavour of the forces is to join the youth of the valley with the mainstream.
I am sure these students, who are our future, will make full use of the opportunity to move forward in life It has been our main aim, especially since the last one year, to engage youth. The aim behind all our activities is to join the youth with the mainstream, he said.

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