Let them come, we'll deal: Indian Army after Pakistan's threats
The Indian Army is determined to defend the country's borders, and will thwart all attempts of Pakistan to disrupt peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Chinar Corps Commander Lieutenant-General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon said on Thursday. Dhillon's comments come at a time when Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa said the military is committed to Kashmir issue after India scrapped Article 370. Here's what happened.
Backstory: Pakistan isn't happy with India's Kashmir move
Pakistan has been fuming (?) after India decided to do away with J&K's special status and divide into two union territories. Calling the move "illegal", the country said it would apprise the UN about the developments, but the body refused to mediate between both South Asian countries. UN reminded of Shimla Agreement, which underlined that India and Pakistan should resolve the dispute bilaterally.
We will take care of them: Dhillon to Pakistan's threats
Responding to threats from across the border, Dhillon said, "Lately Pakistan has been openly threatening about certain incidents in Kashmir. Notwithstanding we'll take care of all of them; let anyone come and try to disrupt the peace in the valley, we will have him eliminated."
Pakistan deploys various tactics, but doesn't succeed: Dhillon
Further, explaining Pakistan's moves, Dhillon said the neighboring country resorts to various tactics like "infiltration by stealth, accompanying infiltrating columns right up to the LoC and providing them covering fire, engaging our posts from close range and at times action by BATs". He reiterated that the Pakistani Army helps terrorists. But the Indian Army thwarts all their attempts to hamper peace.
A few days ago we eliminated 5-7 terrorists: Dhillon
#Infiltration by #Pakistan is attempted time again. Terrorist camps are full of terrorists #PakistanArmy helps terrorists in various ways. Everyday we have encounters on LoC. A few days ago only5-7terrorists/#SSG were eliminated"- #ChinarCorpsCdr#kashmir #commonCausePeace pic.twitter.com/3BJVgDki6Q— Chinar Corps - Indian Army (@ChinarcorpsIA) August 8, 2019
Despite fears, the valley has largely been calm
Interestingly, there have been no disruptions in the valley since the last few days, revealed Dhillon. The valley's lockdown entered the fifth day on Friday, and the administration is leaving no stone unturned to ensure peace prevails. "There's absolute calm in the valley. There are certain restrictions but civil administration is reaching out to the Awam (locals)," Dhillon went on.
"We stay together, through thick and thin"
Humsaya Hain Hum Log-we stay together with our folks through thick and thin. We've been running #Sadbhavana initiatives like #Super30, #ArmyGoodwillSchools, etc for children of #Kashmir #Ladakh for long. Our schemes have been highly successful- #ChinarCorpsCdr#commonCausePeace pic.twitter.com/HllM4sacs4— Chinar Corps - Indian Army (@ChinarcorpsIA) August 9, 2019
Earlier, Dhillon urged mothers to talk sense into their kids
Just last week, Dhillon had spoken about threats in the valley and attempts of Pakistani army-backed terrorists to disturb the Amarnath Yatra. "83% of local people who pick up weapons had a record of stone-pelting. I request all mothers if today your child throws stones at security forces for Rs. 500 then he'll become terrorist tomorrow," Dhillon said at a press conference.