Reiterating its appeal to the local militants to shun the path of violence, the Army has assured full support to youth, who want to surrender and once again join the mainstream.
The appeal was made by the Chinar Corps on its official twitter handle along with a video in which parents of three militants urged their children to return home and lead a normal life. An Army official could also be heard, assuring the parents that every possible support will be provided by the forces if their children want to surrender.
In the video, family members of militant Abid Ramzan Sheikh could be seen urging him to return home. Sheikh, a resident of south Kashmir district of Shopian, had joined militant ranks on February 19, 2018. “Please return home and restart a new life. We don’t know where you are, but we urge you to come back,” family members of Sheikh said in the video.
An Army officer could be heard assuring parents of 19-year-old militant Arjumad Gulzar Dar that if their son surrenders all possible support will be extended to him. “If you can contact your son tell him that all possible support will be provided to him if he surrenders,” the officers could be heard saying in the video. Dar, a resident of south Kashmir district of Pulwama, had joined militant ranks on January 31, 2018.
Similar appeals were made by parents of 20-year-old Yasir Ahmad Parray, who joined militant ranks in June 20, 2019.