No empathy for soldiers in Kashmir, General Suhag returns back

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Harbans S Nagokay

In a disappointing move, the army chief during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir preferred not to meet soldiers in Kashmir, despite the fact that they are being targeted by the militants and are living in hostile circumstances.

The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, who visited Northern Command to review the security situation returned back without showing any empathy towards the soldiers in Kashmir, who lost life fighting militants.

The unprecedented move of the army chief came as a shocker for the defence experts, who termed it ‘unfortunate’.

The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, who should have visited conflict torn region of Kashmir to encourage army personnel, had returned back without even concerning about their miseries.

“Even when the Army personnel are dying in Kashmir, fighting insurgents, the army chief did not consider it important to visit them and encourage their morale,” said Defence expert, wishing anonymity.

He said that being head of the organization, it was his responsibility to visit the place to know about the security situation, under which the army personnel are working.

“The Army Chief had this thing in mind that only yesterday two army personnel had sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation, when militants attacked convoy,” expert said and added the Army chief should have visited the Kashmir to meet army personnel.

The defence expert further said that if leaders from Jammu can visit the region in such a volatile situation, the army chief has escorts and chopper service at his disposal. “He would have shown the courage to give scathing reply to those who are attacking army personnel,” he added, “The chief has literally disappointed the members of the organization, who were expecting him to be among them.

“This is unfortunate that Army chief did not show any empathy for the personnel in Kashmir. The approach of the chief towards his personnel in Kashmir remained critical, as he was supposed to meet armymen in Kashmir, especially those deployed at vulnerable pockets,” said defence expert, appreciating the role of Indian Army in keeping the spirit of nationalism alive in Kashmir.

“The Army chief would have rewarded the army soldier, who after taking off Pakistani flag from mobile tower in Kashmir and replaced it with tricolour, after risking his life in Tral, the hometown of slain hizbul commander-Burhan Wani,” expert said.

Earlier, the chief of Army staff accompanied by the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda visited various formations of the Nagrota based White Knight Corps to review the prevailing security situation.

The Army Chief was briefed by Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar about the preparedness of White Knight Corps in dealing with the emerging and dynamically changing security situation and the measures taken to thwart any misadventure by the inimical forces. The Corps Commander highlighted the measures adopted to counter any infiltration through employment of an effective counter infiltration grid backed by synergised surveillance and intelligence backed operations.

The Chief also visited Doda, Reasi and Rajouri wherein he was briefed on the operational readiness and security situation by the respective General Officers. General Dalbir Singh while complimenting the formations for their unflinching efforts in handling the situation reiterated on the continued need to remain vigilant in order to counter the nefarious designs of the inimical elements.

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