Lt-Gen KJS Dhillon, Corps Commander of 15 Corps, whose tenure in Kashmir was marked by many events, some of them unprecedented in nature with new and tough challenges, said he was an extremely satisfied commander as he leaves the Valley for his next assignment.
In an e-mail interview with The Tribune, Lt-Gen Dhillon reflected on the challenges thrown up by attacks like Pulwama and the situation that had to be handled after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year. Excerpts from the interview
What have been the challenges for the Army after the revocation of Article 370?
The Indian Army, in conjunction with other security forces, has a two-fold mandate. One is on the Line of Control (LoC) and the other is counter-infiltration operations against the terrorists which are being supported by the Pakistan army and pushed through the LoC.
In the hinterland, the Indian Army is working in synchronisation with other security forces for counter-terrorist operations wherein most of the terrorist leadership of various “tanzeems” (organisations) has been neutralised in the past year. There is a sense of security and peace prevailing in the Valley, which is visible in business, tourism, BDC elections, recent board examinations and the day-to-day routine life of a normal Kashmiri.
The morale of the forces, including the administrative and logistic support, has been of very high standard and we continue to maintain it.