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'Armed forces should not be made topic of political moves'

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Jammu, September 22, 2013
First Published: 19:02 IST(22/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:03 IST(22/9/2013)

Striking a note of caution over the security situation in general, especially in the troubled valley of Kashmir and along the Line of Control, former union minister of state for defence and MLA Chaman Lal Gupta has said it was unfortunate that due attention is lacking and uncalled for public controversy is being created, which would not help in taking remedial measures but rather provide fodder to the enemy guns under operation in various guises.

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Referring to the Press reports that in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir terrorist training camps have been established very close to the LoC by the Pak army and launchpads for pushing the highly-trained ultras to this side have been set up, he said it is a serious development as enemy has already been indulging in ceasefire violations with the ulterior purpose to create difficult situation for the forces, both at the frontiers as also in the interior.

Gupta added that elections in a democracy would come and go, the governments be changed or not, but the national interests demand that forces should not be made or allowed to be made a topic of political moves.

The need of the hour, he said, was to pay more and more attention on the borders of west and north, where all is not well. "Certain elements within the government at the Centre as also in their agencies seem to be playing more into the hands of politicians rather preparing for meeting any challenge to the security situation," Gupta said.

There are set rules and regulations within the army as also in its agencies to deal with any wrong but the manner in which internal problems are being aired is really a matter of concern and not in the interest of the security of the country, Gupta said and impressed upon the defence ministry to realise the gravity of situation at frontiers as also in areas affected by militancy and the growing activities of the separatists.

The manner in which some controversial reports are being circulated would obviously add fuel to the fire and provide fodder to those who are already up in arms against forces and crying for revoking of their special powers and even remove them from J&K, he said, while pointing out that gimmicks and controversies are always raised on the eve of elections but the national interests demand that the security agencies should not be involved in such antics.

This is nobody's interest as this would have serious repercussions, including at the morale of the forces. The attempts should be there to strengthen the forces rather than creating controversies, Gupta maintained.


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