Ask your sons to shun violence, join mainstream: GOC to militants’ mothers

A pass out hugs his mother. (Inset) GOC Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon.
A pass out hugs his mother. (Inset) GOC Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon.

152 inducted into JAK Li

Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Mar 9: Army today appealed mothers of the militants in Kashmir to urge their sons to shun the violence and join the mainstream.
Speaking at a passing out parade, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon urged mothers of militants to bring their sons to the mainstream. “I personally appeal the mothers of Kashmir whose beloved have taken up arms to bring them into mainstream”, he said.

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“A mother has a power and a say and I appeal the Kashmiri mothers to motivate their sons to lay down the arms and join the mainstream,” said the GOC.
The GOC assured the mothers that their sons will be properly rehabilitated. “Mothers have a power and today I appeal all Kashmiri mothers to ask their gun-wielding sons to return to their homes to live a happy life back in their families. I guarantee the mothers that we will facilitate the safe return and entry of youth into the mainstream and also ensure their proper rehabilitation,” he said.
Lt General Dhillon said that JAKLI is serving the country since 1947 and is a brave force. “A soldier is identified outside his unit by his behavior and attitude that he learns in the parade ground during a training session,” he said. 152 recruits were inducted into the JAKLI after a rigorous training at JAKLI Centre in Budgam today.
The GOC said that new recruits were trained in battle-craft training, language, firing, physical fitness, sports and computer. “The new pass outs will join their respective Army units now and serve the country,” GOC Dhillon said. “These pass outs belong to all religions as some are Muslims, some Sikhs, some Christians and some Buddhists”, he said.
The family members of the new recruits were also present at the parade-cum-attestation parade and they greeted their wards, who belonged to southern parts of Kashmir including Tral, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian besides all the regions from Jammu.
“Since childhood I wanted to join the Army. Today my dream of joining Army has come true and I have finally been inducted into JAKLI after one year training,” said a young recruit, Waseem Iqbal from Pulwama district. His mother kissed his forehead to dedicate him to the nation. Many other recruits expressed similar feeling.
Over 600 parents and relatives of young soldiers from the State of J&K besides number of civil and military officers witnessed the passing out parade.