We are facilitators of peace in Jammu and Kashmir: Army Chief

Gen Bipin Rawat

New Delhi, Jan 10: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that we are facilitators of peace. Violence is being done by Jammu and Kashmir’s own people.

Addressing an annual press conference in the national capital, Rawat spoke on a host of issues including border security, Taliban, Terrorism, Situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat and others.

“Situation in Jammu and Kashmir needs to be brought under better control. We’re adopting hard power and soft power approach. But the offer to terrorists to come over ground, look at peace is always there as who is getting affected by this? People of Kashmir themselves”, he said.

“I have noticed that there is a kind of disunity among some of our veterans. I think they need to be united. Our veterans are a very strong community which is required to support the mainstream, they can do that if they unite and remain united”.

On Taliban, he stated ” If a number of countries are talking to the Taliban, and if India has an interest in Afghanistan, then we should also join the bandwagon”.

“Our position is very clear that shun the gun and stop taking support from the western neighbour. Talks can happen only if they shun violence”, the Army Chief said on talks with Hurriyat.

Speaking on border security, Rawat said “As far as the situation along the border is concerned it has been managed well both on the western and the northern front”.

He informed media that “There are around 300 terrorists waiting across the LoC to infiltrate into India”.


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