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We don't communalise martyrs: Army slams Owaisi over 'Muslim martyrs' comment

We don't communalise martyrs: Army slams Owaisi over 'Muslim martyrs' comment

A day after AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi talked about "Muslim martyrs" in the Sunjuwan camp attack, the Army on Wednesday said that the force was above religion and all soldiers are treated alike whatever their identity may be.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen D Anbu also said that over three times more casualties was inflicted on the adversary previous year.

Lieutenant General Anbu said attempt (of enemy) is to keep things boiling.

The officer presented 39 Sena Medals and the "Unit Appreciation" to 26 units for their outstanding performance in 2017. "When they fail at borders, they attack camps", he said. If you see south of Pir Panjal, there are 185 to 220 terrorists and in the north there are 195-220 terrorists.

"We don't communalise martyrs and those making statements don't know the Army well. Anyone who picks up arms and is against the State is a terrorist and we'll deal with him accordingly", Anbu added.

"All three groups - Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Toiba - are hands in glove, whether it's in Kashmir Valley or here (Jammu)". "So in this particular past year, 2017, we focused on the leadership of terrorists and you all know that we were able to eliminate a large number of them, and then of course, the terrorists we eliminated", he said, referring to the killing of a record 200-plus militants. The Northern Army Commander described the attacks on the Army and paramilitary camps as activities of a frustrated enemy who is not able to face the Indian Army on the border. "It is engaging the youth on a large scale, and I think we need to focus on this issue".

"They never hurt anyone", said one of the neighbours about the father-son duo.

He added that social media was also responsible for the increase in militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have to concentrate on three things, first to stop infiltration, secondly to eliminate the anti-nationals in the hinterland and thirdly to arrest the radical elements active in the region", he said.

When asked if the tit-for-tat response to Pakistan firing across the LoC was paying off, he said that operations along the LoC were quite complex, very challenging and dynamic. "We need to address this trend".