Shun guns, return to mainstream: Army chief to Kashmiri militants

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Srinagar

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat appealed to Kashmiri youth to shun guns and come back to the mainstream for a peaceful future.

Army Chief Bipin Rawat while laying wreath at Kargil War Memorial as part of celebration of 20 years of Operation Vijay said that any local youth who picks up the gun is no longer innocent.

He said that army is trying hard to motivate families of these “misguided” youth to compel them to shun guns and come back to the mainstream.

“See, anybody who picks up the gun against the Army… The gun and the man will be separated. The man will go to the grave and the gun will be with us. But this is not the end of everything. We are reaching out to the people to shun the gun and come overground,” Army chief said.

“We have opened a number of goodwill schools. Let me tell you one thing. Not one person from the school has joined militancy and not one person has become a stone thrower. We are giving the right education that your future lies in educating yourself, finding a good job for yourself and looking after the family,” Rawat said.

The Army Chief underscored that through social media campaigns, the force has been reaching out to people in order to shun weapons and come to the mainstream.

“We are trying to approach civil society, preachers, parents, and siblings of militants to make them understand,” the army chief said.  (With inputs from ANI)

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