PULWAMA — A youth interaction program “Mission Pehal” was on Sunday organised at Town Hall in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district by Elixir Foundation, wherein hundreds of local boys participated.

In the program, local youth interacted with the officers of the Indian Army. Among other officers, 12 Sector Commander Brigadier Ajay Katoch, Commanding Officer 55RR Tom Sabastian and General Officer Commanding (GOC) Victor Force, Major General Rashim Bali was also present on the occasion.

Major Bali took some hard questions during the “Mission Pehal” program from the local boys and later answered them, one by one. For many issues raised by the young participants, he issued directions for the resolution on the spot.

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He directed the Army officers not to retain a civilian’s mobile phone, even if need arises, for more than 15-20 minutes. Also, he ordered for lowering down speed bumps (also called speed breakers) outside a forces’ camp in Tahab area of the district.

Rashim Bali added that he wanted to hear various opinions of the youth and would be visiting the place for such events in the future as well.

“The program was held to educate youth regarding the contribution of the Indian Army for the people of Kashmir from time to time and also to aware them about new tools of propaganda used by Pakistan to disturb peace in the valley,” an Army official said.

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