'We don't communalise martyrs': Army hits back after Asaduddin Owaisi remark

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Northern Command Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu on Wednesday said that around 300 terrorists are waiting across the Line of Control at the launching pads and ready to enter into the Indian Territory.

About the situation in Kashmir, Anbu said, "The enemy is frustrated and is trying softer targets".

Udhampur (Jammu): A top Commander of the Indian Army has said that social media is responsible for increase in terror and added that youth joining militancy in Kashmir is a matter of concern.

He said that people taking up arms are in "the age group of 20, 30 and less", and that to arrest the trend, "one major factor we need to do is if you are able to address a terrorist, you eliminate the terrorist, And you ensure the overground workers are also equally targeted". "In 2017, we focused on leadership and eliminated it", Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu said.

The comment of the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the strategically-important Northern Command came a day after the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief slammed those questioning the patriotism of Muslims and Kashmiri Muslims.

"We take on the religion of our troops and we do not communalise any of them".

He said the social media had been used extensively to spread separatist sentiment among the youth.

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"In this (Sunjuwan attack) incident, the Kashmiri Muslims have laid down their lives".

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday countered AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi's defence of the "patriotism" of Indian Muslims by asking him to think hard about the religion of those who oppose the Army by joining terror outfits.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi stirred a controversy on Tuesday when he spoke about the religious affiliations of the Indian soldiers killed in the militant attack.

The Hyderabad MP said the people "who question the integrity of Muslims and those who call Muslims Pakistani" will have to take a lesson from this.

"If we will address all the three, you will achieve success and if anyone of them is not really paying up then you are not going to succeed as one would like".

"While immediately behind the borders we have strengthened ourselves and we are very well prepared, it picked up soft targets", he said.

"We are working as per our strategy and will continue to do so".