No militant recruitment during ceasefire: Gen Bhatt


SRINAGAR: General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lieutenant General A K Bhatt said on Tuesday that there is no indication of militant recruitments during suspension of the security operations against militants.
The GOC, when asked during a function at Srinagar about any increase in militant recruitment since the suspension of the security operations against militants was announced by the Centre at the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan, told Excelsior that there are no indications as such at the moment and “we hope it will come down”. “Since the ceasefire, some peace has been achieved and the public has responded well to it. We will be happy if there is no civilian casualty in these 30 days of Ramzan,” he said. Lt Gen Bhatt said there has been some calmness among the public after the ceasefire and they have responded it well. “That is why we are happy if there will be no casualty in the month of Ramdhan”, he added.
The GoC said any decision regarding extension of ceasefire will have to be taken by the Government but the Army was ready to implement any such decision. “That decision has to be taken by the Government and we are ready to implement any such decision,” he said. About the infiltration attempts from across the LoC, the Corps Commander said there were attempts by Pakistan, but the troops were deployed to stop them. “Pakistan is still doing its best in the infiltration but our troops are all set and deployed there to stop the infiltration”, he said.