Srinagar: Army chief General Bipin Rawat called upon all Kashmiris to “condemn the killing of the young and unarmed Kashmiri Army officer”, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was kidnapped and killed by militants in Shopian district on Wednesday, the Indian Express reported on Saturday
“The young officer was a role model for all young Kashmiris. The way things are, this action has taken Kashmiris back while Lieutenant Ummer was taking it forward. He was encouraging other young people to join a force which the whole country is proud of,” the newspaper quoted the army General as saying.
“These people are discouraging Kashmiris from availing job opportunities while thousands of people line up for police recruitment. How can they explain this dichotomy? This act (of Lieutenant Ummer’s murder) should be condemned by all Kashmiris.”
According to Army estimates, there are around 100 active militants in south Kashmir, including around 80 locals who have joined militancy in the last two years. The prevailing security situation in the region led to the postponement, and eventual cancellation, of the Lok Sabha by-poll in Anantnag, represented earlier by current Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.