People of J&K should shun path of violence for development: Army chief

Ready to face any challenge, ready for Amarnath Yatra

Ground Report | New Delhi: Army chief General MM Naravane on Thursday said they are ready for the Amarnath Yatra and have taken all necessary steps for it even as the decision to conduct the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine lies with civil administration.

Addressing reporters here, Chief of Army Staff, General MM Naravane, said that situation along LoC said that after a long time J&K is witnessing peace and tranquility which is a must for the development of any area.

There have been hardly any cases of stone-pelting, any cases or nil cases of IEDs in the recent past and all these are indicators of return of a sense of normalcy,” he said. He said, “The decades-old mistrust between Pakistan and India cannot be removed overnight. If they continue to respect the ceasefire and stop sending terrorists to India, these steps will boost confidence. The responsibility in this matter lies entirely with Pakistan.”

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General Naravane was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the security arrangements along the Line of Control. During this, he reviewed the situation. The military commanders posted here informed them about the security arrangements and told them what steps are being taken to prevent any kind of infiltration from across the border.

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People of J&K have also realized that nothing lies in violence and have started taking part in developmental activities now, he said adding that people in general, not only youth, should shun paths of “violence” for a better future.   We have reached a situation where peace and tranquility prevail after a long time where people are able to perceive their dreams and aspirations.

My message to all, not only youth, would be that when there is peace and tranquility can there be development and when there is development, we will all prosper,” he said,

You see how world has moved on how India has moved on and therefore embrace the future and future lies in shunning the violence and if you do that it will only hasten the process of ushering the new era of development and prosperity in the state,” he said. 

 “It involves political sphere, local government, and security forces. in this overall gamut, the army’s role is to bring down levels of violence to an extend where civil administration and local security forces can then play their role in the development of region and J&K,” he said, adding, “Army’s role is to work with sync.

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The ultimate aim is to bring the level of violence so that peace and development can take place.” Regarding “operation Sadbhavna”, he said that it was undertaken two decades ago when the situation in J&K was bad and the local government was able to reach out to the people. 

Army goodwill schools were established when there were no schools in far-flung areas. Regarding Covid-19, he said that the entire establishment was now better prepared to tackle the third wave which may or may not happen.  He said that they are ready to face any challenge.

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