Feb 18: Militant launch pads in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir “are
full”, but the Pakistan army’s attempts to infiltrate militants under the
cover of ceasefire violations are being responded to in a “hard and
punishing” manner, a senior army commander said here.
General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, who has been heading the strategic command
of the Kashmir-based XV corps, is confident that Pakistan would not succeed in
its attempts to “push militants in the Valley and disturb the prevailing
said peace in the Kashmir Valley has been “cemented by security forces in
coordination with various stakeholders including opinion-makers and mentors of
the civil society”.
Gen Dhillon, who will soon leave for a posting in the army headquarters in
Delhi, joined the strategic command in February last year.
tenure began on a challenging note as within a week of him taking over, India
witnessed a gruesome attack on its security forces in which 40 CRPF personnel
were killed when a suicide bomber targeted their convoy in Pulwama on February
yet settled properly in his new role, Lt Gen Dhillon of the Rajputana Rifles,
began coordinating operations against the perpetrators of the attack as also
monitoring developments along the Line of Control where situation was getting
tense by the day.
written reply to a question by PTI, Lt Gen Dhillon talked about the history of
Pakistan’s “proxy war” and said the neighbouring country has been consistently
aiding and abetting infiltration in India for more than 30 years now.
the terrorist camps and launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir are full.
These militant cadres are desperate to infiltrate with the help of Pakistan
army, who indulge in firing at our posts.
befitting response to ceasefire violations has been swift, hard and
punishing,” Lt Gen Dhillon told PTI.
said the Army’s main task is to keep terrorism at bay, both at the LoC and in
the hinterland in “conjunction with Jammu and Kashmir police, paramilitary
forces and intelligence agencies.”
maintaining an effective domination along the LoC, he said, conducting
effective anti-terror operations “in a people-friendly manner” in the
inner areas has improved the situation in the Valley.
said local business, tourism and education sectors are likely to benefit
immensely from the “operational successes, the improving security situation
and various government initiatives”.
the number of militants operating in the Valley, Lt Gen Dhillon said, “We
work on concepts and not numbers. And the concept is the constant attempts by
Pakistan to infiltrate militants and war-like stores, to commit sensational