New Delhi: Thousands of youth in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district turned up for Indian Army recruitment drive despite the fact that separatists’ diktat was looming above them.

More than 2,000 candidates turned up with their documents to file their application for recruitment in the Indian Army. The separatists in Kashmir have called on all youths not to join the Indian forces.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the staff here which efficiently carried out the training programme. I appeal to the misguided youth in Jammu and Kashmir to throw away their guns and stones so that we can fulfill our dreams,” one candidate, Shabir Ahmad, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

The Indian Army recruitment began on Wednesday in South Kashmir and will continue till September 24. The second phase of the drive will take place from September 29 till October 2.

“Around 2,200 students registered through online and participated in this rally. Our aim here is to provide an opportunity to the youth of Kashmir,” Brigadier J. S. Samyal, Recruiting Officer, said.

Recently at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, a terror attack executed by four JeM terrorists resulted in the death of 18 Indian soldiers.