A day after Afghanistan’s capital Kabul was rocked by Taliban’s multiple attacks, the army on Monday cautioned of its ripple effect in Kashmir.
“There is no immediate effect at all. There are events which put together can give us certain indicators…In the long term, yes, I have always maintained that an event in one place can have a ripple effect somewhere else, and I am sure the ripples will reach here,” said Srinagar-based 15th Corps general officer commanding (GOC) Lt Gen SA Hasnain in Srinagar during a media interaction at Badambagh cantonment area.
Referring to the Sunday attack in Kabul, Hasnain said, “There will be long-term effects of Afghanistan on Kashmir. Those ripples (from Afghanistan) are yet to reach here, time will tell. But I am sure the ripples will reach here.”
The GOC, however, ruled out any major militant threat in upcoming civic bodies’ polls, likely to be held in May.
“During the panchayat elections too, some violence had happened. The political activity at the grassroots level has to continue, and for that the police jointly with the army are responsible for creating a conducive atmosphere,” he said.
The GOC also played down the appearance of posters against the polls in certain areas.
“First of all, we are too used to these posters. If the army fears poster warfare then the army should sit forever. The fact is that the people do not heed these poster messages,” he said.