February 2005 News

No slackening of guard in J&K: Army Chief

5 February 2005
The Hindu
Our Staff Reporter

Jammu: The Chief of the Army Staff, Gen. J.J. Singh, said today that there was no question of any 'soft approach' towards militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. All steps would be taken on the military front to bring back peace to the troubled State. Talking to presspersons at the end of his two-day visit to the State, Gen. Singh said: 'We have a task cut out in the State of Jammu and Kashmir which is to bring peace and normality back. It is a fact that complete peace has not returned to the State yet. For this to happen operations are continuing to eliminate the destructive elements and the Army needs to be complimented as it is working in the most difficult conditions.' The humane approach to counter militancy operations does not mean any slackening of guard at any end, he said. Gen. Singh said the Army's role in the State had multiple aspects attached to it. 'We have to win over the hearts and minds of the people. We have to separate militants and the people of the State. This distinction has to be established and this would help the Army to accomplish the assigned task to bring back peace more easier.' Earlier, he called on the Governor, S.K. Sinha, and the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, and discussed the security situation in the State.


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