Srinagar: General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar based army’s 15 Corps, D P Pandey on Sunday said that Kashmir has always been used as a tool to strike at the idea of India and not an to the enemy across.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function to commemorate 75 years of the historic battle of Shalteng, Pandey said that Kashmir has always been used as a tool to carry out operations against India and the youth are being misled by the neighbouring country.
Pandey said that Shalteng battle was the first military operation which proved to be a major turning point for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the victory was impossible without the support of Kashmiri people.
He said that it was perfectly executed by Brigadier L P Sane 75 years back and was the most important air landed operation of independent India.
Pandey said that the success of this operation was not possible without the existence and bravery of Kashmiri population. “Kashmiri population after having watched the perfidy exerted upon them by Pakistani forces in terms of the loot and plunder which happened in Baramulla, Muzaffarabad and beyond supported the Indian Army and made us victorious,” he said.
He said that the people of Kashmir understood the game and rallied along with the Indian army to ensure that the landings were safe. “They were adequately provided with transport and all other things required in terms of guidance to ensure that Pakistani forces could be evicted.”
He said that he feels that this was a victory jointly achieved by the people of Kashmir and the Indian Army and it is important to retell that story after 75 years from ground zero, where “we stand today.”
“In spirit and soul, Indian Army and the people of Kashmir are together. It was 75 years back that this journey started after the final declaration of Jammu and Kashmir accession to India. Since then, this journey goes on wherein in 1965, 1971, 1999 in Kargil and in the last 30 years the enemy across has sworn to carry out the operations against us with thousand cuts. But the people of Kashmir and the Indian Army have fought together and always came out victorious,” Pandey said.
While referring to Pakistan, he said that the enemy will use all platforms to mislead the youth of Kashmir and destroy them as Kashmir has always been used as a tool to strike at the idea of India and not an end to the enemy across.
“The Shalteng victory is an indication of future that this bond will never break and that’s why it was important to retell the story of Shalteng day. The Shalteng operation is a grim reminder for the youth today that need to understand the history that what their forefathers endured,” he said.
He also asked the youth to be aware and protect themselves for a better future from missions and dubiousness of such an enemy.