April 2017 News

Nearly 19,000 Kashmir Youth Report For Recruitment In Indian Army

4 April 2017
State Times

Jammu: Amid 'hate India, hate Army' atmosphere, generated by separatists and some mainstream outfits across the Valley, youth of Kashmir on Tuesday demonstrated overwhelming response to the army recruitment rallies. Thousands of young boys queued at the designated Haiderbeig in Pattan area of the Badgam district to join the Army. They came from districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Srinagar, Bandipora, Shopian, Budgam, Pulwama, Kupwara, Baramulla and Ganderbal. Over 18,931 candidates are likely to be screened for their physical fitness, medical examination and documentation from April 4 to April 12. The entrance exam for successful candidates will be held on May 28, 2017. The huge turnout for recruitment reflects the level of motivation and patriotism amongst the youth of Kashmir region. Brig JS Samyal, Deputy Director General Recruiting (Punjab and J&K), while briefing media-persons at the rally informed that there would be more similar rallies to give greater opportunity to all aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir. The rally is a step by the Army to ameliorate the condition of unemployed youth of the Kashmir region. Ironically, the response to the Army rally got blacked out on otherwise active social media with stooges of Pakistan posting doctored material to hoodwink the world opinion as also to indoctrinate the potential targets among Kashmir youth. Sources said the separatist outfits are baffled over the youth taking to joining the Army, as an orchestrated campaign is underway to showcase to the world that young boys of the Valley were being persecuted and killed by the forces. The army recruitment did not find any mention in the high pitch electioneering by the ruling and opposition mainstream political parties, as this development is not seen a 'vote catcher' proportion anymore. 'Instead, they are picking up the isolated incidents of stone-pelters getting injured to incite the passions', sources said.