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After Owaisi's Muslim Martyr Comment, Army Reminds Netas It's Above Religion

Lt General Devraj Anbu, GOC, Northern Command, said that the Army has soldiers of all religions but their religious identity does not matter. We don't communalise the soldiers.

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Updated:February 14, 2018, 1:57 PM IST
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After Owaisi's Muslim Martyr Comment, Army Reminds Netas It's Above Religion
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New Delhi: A day after AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi talked about 'Muslim martyrs' in the Sunjuwan camp attack, the Army on Wednesday said that the force was above religion and all soldiers are treated alike whatever their identity may be.

Talking to reporters, Lt General Devraj Anbu, GOC of Northern Command, said, “The Army is Sarv Dharam Sthal. All religions are welcome and only their identity as a soldier matters. We don’t communalise our troops.”

The statement came after Owaisi courted controversy by saying that five out of the seven martyrs in the Sunjwan terror attack were Muslims.

“The so-called nationalists blame and question the nationalism of Muslims. In this attack, five out seven who sacrificed their lives are Kashmiri Muslims. It’s a reminder to all those who question our integrity and love for the country. Muslims are dying for the country, but are called Pakistani. Terrorists are not differentiating but Muslims are still asked to prove their loyalty to the country," Owaisi said.

When asked about the Sunjuwan Army camp attack Anbu said that it was a result ‘frustration’ on the other side. “It's a frustrated enemy, when he is not able to face you at the border, who looks for such places where you do not the same sort of security situation,” he said.

“We are very well prepared. Rs 364 crore spent since the Uri attack to upgrade our security of the camps we have small units all across the country. But it is difficult to do it immediately. We are already working on it and we have different funds as it is a cause of concern for all of us. We need to stop the adversary from pushing in infiltrators,” he added.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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