We do not communalise martyrs, Indian Army's rebuttal to Owaisi

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Lt Gen Anbu rebuttal came a day after Owaisi had slammed those questioning the patriotism of Muslims, while making a reference to the fact that five army soldiers killed by terrorists at the Sunjuwan army camp were Kashmiri Muslims. General Devraj Anbu, GOC (general officer commanding) Northern Command, told reporters in Udhampur, on Wednesday.

"The so-called nationalists blame and question the nationalism of Muslims".

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

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.

Devraj Anbu added that the Pakistan Army had played a key role in planning terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. On Monday, a CRPF (central reserve police force) camp was attacked in Srinagar's Karan Nagar area, in which one CRPF soldier was killed.

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He refused to accept the contention that a security lapse led to last week's suicide attack on an army camp in Jammu and said it was a "frustrated" attempt by Pakistan after it failed to counter the army's dominance at the LoC. All 3 groups - HM, JeM or LeT are hand in glove. "They keep jumping from one tanzim (outfit) to other", Gen Abbu said. General Anbu in this regard, he did not name the chief of AIMIM party, but said that the religion of soldiers and martyrs is not to be considered when they serve together and defend the nation. "The Army spent nearly Rs. 364 crore on different things to build up the security of the soft elements on the LoC", the officer said. We will now step up the pressure on Pakistan and use all direct and indirect methods of firing.

"Pakistan and its ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) is directly involved in terrorism not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also in neighbouring countries, as without its support, training and strategy, terrorism would not have lasted so long", he said after presenting gallantry awards at an Investiture Ceremony here.

The army officer added that Pakistan has stepped up unprovoked firing and shelling in Kashmir since 23 December.

He said Pakistani media reports gave conservative figures but the Indian Army has inflicted "three times more casualties" on Pakistani army personnel.