Pathankot: With terrorists and infiltrators adopting the modus operandi of donning identical Army pattern uniform to carry out terror activities in the country, the Indian Army has asked its citizen to refrain itself from wearing its uniform-pattern dresses.
An advisory issued by the Western Command called use of army uniform and equipment as not only 'illegal' but also asserted that it cannot be termed 'fashionable'. It also stated that sale of such outfits by shopkeepers, happening freely across the country is illegal. Relatives of armed forces and ex-servicemen have also been requested to not use items of uniform, as it may raise false alarms among people. The advisory comes a week after the Pathankot airbase attack in which Pakistani terrorists were found dressed in Indian Army fatigues.
The Army also appealed to the people to start a campaign to prevent misuse of army uniform and equipment, which is mostly termed as 'fashionable'.
The camouflage pattern of the army's commandos and infantry troops has been an attraction for Indian youth since last few decade. The army pattern dress has been a favourite among college-goers, outdoor enthusiasts and fashion lovers, who are often seen carrying it. The military camouflage pattern is also a hit among designers. However, after the recent statement made by Army requesting the prohibition of the 'uniform-patterned dress', the Army uniforms once sold openly, will now have to disappear from the common man's reach.