Army officer's sacrifice should not go in vain

Posted May 14, 2017

The unarmed officer, on leave to visit his home in Kulgam, was kidnapped by militants while attending the marriage of his maternal uncle's daughter in Batapura village around 10 p.m. on May 9.

Underlining the army's operating philosophy that all Kashmiris are not involved in militancy, Rawat said, "We understand that all Kashmiris are not involved in the so-called militancy".

Locals said three militants entered the house where the wedding function was underway and asked Fayaz to accompany them. He was supposed to have returned to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25.

The militants threatened the family members against informing the police or the Army, because of which they did not report it to anybody. His body was found with three bullet injuries and signs of struggle. He had been fired at from a close range.

"We are not returning to classical CASO in Kashmir, because we know they cause hardship to the local people".

Lieutenant General V.K. Chaturvedi (retd), who participated in the event, said the country had lost a role model for the youth while Lt. Gen. Raj Kadyan (retd) urged people of Kashmir to raise their voice against Pakistan-supported terror outfits.

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The GoC said Fayaz's family is fearless and they have shown hope even in this hour of grief.

Calling the attack a "dastardly act of cowardice" by militants, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had said Lt Fayaz's sacrifice reiterates the nation's commitment to eliminate terrorism from the valley.

Underlining the operating philosophy of the Army, Rawat said "our job is to separate the terrorists from the Kashmiri people and target the terrorists".

Sources in police told that terrorists belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen may have killed the officer, and an INSAS rifle snatched from cops could have been used in the crime.

Asked whether there was any advisory like the one issued by state police to its personnel asking them to refrain from visiting their homes for some time, Major Gen Raju said, "There is no such advisory". Except Budgam, which is near Srinagar, all other areas are in south Kashmir, the latest vortex of recent militant activity.