Singh Assures Of Humane Face Of Army For Civilians
4 February 2005
Srinagar: On his maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir since taking over, Army Chief Gen J J Singh today said the army would present a 'humane face' to innocent civilians and make utmost efforts to guard them against any harm during anti-militancy operations. 'Operations against militants (in Jammu and Kashmir) will continue. The response will be with minimum use of force directed against the civilians,' Singh told reporters here. He said the soldiers would present a humane face to the innocent civilians while dealing sternly with those who have taken up arms against the country. The troops will be take utmost care that the common man does not suffer any loss of life or property during the operations against the militants, the army chief said. Gen Singh, who has served in various capacities in the state, including a stint as Brigade Commander in Baramulla, urged the militants shun the path of violence. 'It is not an equal fight. They go for 10-15 days training while our jawans go through rigorous regimes. If the militants are unlucky they will get killed sooner and if they are lcuky they might last little longer but they are destined to get killed if they do not shun the path of violence,' he added. He said army would help in whatever way it could in the rehabilitation of those militants who lay down their arms and join the national mainstream. Earlier in the day, Singh visited the Udhampur-based northern command headquarters in Jammu region which has been successfully fighting the battle of insurgency for over 15 years, Army spokesman Col R K Sen said. Gen Singh and his wife Anupama were received by the Goc-in-C northern command, Lt Gen Hari Prasad and Lakshmi Hari Prasad, President Army Wives's Welfare Association, northern command, Col Sen said.