The army's 'Maa' operation in J&K yields results; around 50 local terrorists return with their families

SRINAGAR: It was a silent and human operation of approaching Maa (mother) launched by the XV Army Corps based in Kashmir that saw about 50 young Kashmirs return to normal life this year, after leaving the terrorist groups to which They had joined.

In this operation, the Army, following the instructions of (GoC) of the 15th Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon Corps, undertook an exercise in search of missing young people and approached their families. The 15 strategically located bodies, also known as Chinar Corps, are at the forefront in the fight against insurgency in the Valley, as well as in the fight against Pakistan Actions of the Control Line (LoC).

Do good and serve your mother, then your mother and then your mother and then your father. This is the importance of the mother in Holy Koran and that is what showed me the way to take these wrong young people to their families, Lieutenant General Dhillon told PTI recently.

Showing messages from parents, whose identity is kept secret, Lieutenant General Dhillon described them as invaluable gifts from the people of the valley and one full of respect for the human touch of the Army.

General Dhillon, who has served in many positions in the valley since 1988, also mentioned that in some places, the meetings stopped right in the middle of the action to facilitate the surrender of the young men who had collected weapons.

Upon receiving information that a local terrorist is caught in an encounter, we make efforts to locate his mother and allow them to speak.

They know that some meetings ended with a magical hug between a mother and a son and that is what the Army's efforts to save lives of Kashmir youth are all about. We do not count the dead, but we love to add a number of children who return to their families, said the senior army commander, adding: I am glad that about 50 of those young people have returned so far this year.

He also clarified that he prefers to give up again in the description of the action of young people who leave terrorism .

Data collected by the Army showed that 83 percent of young people who join several terrorist groups have had a record of throwing stones, which means that today's stone thrower is the likely terrorist of tomorrow.

Giving details of the Army's success rate in tackling terrorism , Gen Dhillon said, "Seven per cent of the youth who join terrorism are killed within first 10 days of picking up of arms, 9 per cent within one month, 17 per cent in three months, 36 per cent in 6 months and 64 per cent in first one year itself."

In total, the lifespan of any young person who collects weapons is one year and that is what was transmitted to the parents. I am sure that no father would like to carry his son's coffin and there began this discreet operation of restoring the smiles on the faces of these family members, General Dhillon said.

Under this plan, I decided to reiterate my appeal to the mothers of the valley to bring their children and the results are quite encouraging, he said.

Operations have also been carried out in situations where a young Kashmir local accompanies foreign terrorists in the dark of the night. Many of my men even risked their lives by separating a local Kashmir terrorist willing to surrender from a foreigner so he can return with his family, the Army commander said.

However, the general made it clear that such gestures are generally not granted to foreign terrorists, but anyone who is willing to give up is more than welcome.

General Dhillon did not want to participate in a discussion about the fate of young people who have returned with their families.

There are some vultures on the other side of the border that want to attack these young people. We have managed to keep his identity a secret, since I know that some would attend college, some would help his father in the fields or some would earn daily bread for their families. I wish you good luck, he said.