For These Kashmiri Youth, Honour Of Mother India Is Real Jehad
24 September 2000
The Daily Excelsior
CHOPRA COMPLEX (Line of Control): With a gun on his broad shoulder Lance Naik Riyaz Ahmed of Anantnag district is frying ''Pakoras'' in his bunker amidst incessant firing from across the LoC. ''Besides preparing Pakoras, we know how to give a befitting reply to Pakistan''s mischiefs'', he told visiting newsmen while pointing towards repeated infiltration attempts and unprovoked firing by Pakistan army. ''Let them waste their ammunitions'', he said unmindfully but asserted that they would not leave any Pakistani alive if they dare to enter Indian side. Deployed at a strategically important border post on LoC Riyaz was among those brave Kashmiri soldiers who had gunned down four Pakistani soldiers while they were infiltrating with some militants on this side. Located just on LoC, about 25 Kashmiri Muslim soldiers belonging to different parts of the Valley have been deployed on this post not only to frustrate Pakistan''s nefarious designs but to give the enemy a befitting reply. For these Kashmiri youth protection of the dignity and honour of the Mother India is real Jehad. ''We have eliminated a good number of Pakistani soldiers who had tried to sneak into our side'', said Abdul Rashid of Kupwara while proudly recounting incidents when they had eliminated Pakistani soldiers and intruders. ''We always receive Pakistani intruders but with bullets to get them realise that brave Kashmiri soldiers are waiting for them on this side '', said Majid Khan of Pampore while watching the activities of enemy from his post. ''We are very much aware of their mischievous tactics, so we have plugged all their infiltration routes'', Rashid, who was standing with his Mortar to give befitting reply to the enemy. Narrating August 17 incident, Majid said that about 30 to 35 Pakistani soldiers were entering into our side. ''We don''t want to leave them alive so we allowed them to come inside but unfortunately only five of them proceeded further'', he said, adding ''of these five we eliminated four of them while fifth one managed to escape from our bullets''. Eye-ball to eye-ball encounters with Pakistani soliders at their post is a routine affair for these Kashmiri youths who have to confront with Pakistani agents at home also. ''We are fighting Pakistanis not only at border but at home also '', said Shafi Mohammed, Anantnag who joined Army in 1994 when militancy was at peak in the Valley. ''Militants use to terrorise our parents as they want to deprive Kashmiri youth of serving their Motherland'', he said, adding, ''we have to confine ourselves only in rooms during our stay at home''. Another soldier from Kupwara recalled how militants threatened him of dire consequences in case he joined Army. ''In the mid-night they entered into my house and threatened me and my parents'', he said. He added that they asked him to lift gun for Jehad instead of joining Army. Braving militants threat, I decided to join Army to teach a lesson to those who are responsible for destruction and bloodshed in our Kashmir, said Rashid while sharing tea and Pakoras with a Dogra soldier at the post. ''Protecting dignity and honour of Mother-Land is the real Jehad for us'', he said and lamented that some Kashmiri youth fell prey to the propaganda of enemy. It is worthwhile to mention here that when Pakistan was befooling Kashmiris in the name of Jehad through its prevaricating campaign, some Kashmiri youth, despite militants'' threats, decided to join Army to give befitting reply to Pakistan. About 400 Kashmiri youth have joined Army and some of them are deployed at stragetic important posts at Line of Control. While valiantly performing their duties at border, they want to give a lesson to the enemy that Kashmiris are as patriot as other Indians.