Army is not against Kashmiris, our job is to separate, target terrorists: Gen Rawat

“We are not returning to classical CASO in Kashmir, because we know they cause hardship to the local people. These are area search operations. It is not even a cordon,” General Rawat said.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2017 10:20 am
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Underlining the operating philosophy of the Army which believes that all Kashmiris are not involved in militancy, Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said “our job is to separate the terrorists from the Kashmiri people and target the terrorists”. Disabusing the notion that the Army is against all Kashmiris or treats all Kashmiris as militants, General Rawat told The Indian Express: “We understand that all Kashmiris are not involved in the so-called militancy. There are few, select in number, who indulge in terror and violence. Our job is to separate the terrorists from the Kashmiri people and target the terrorists.”

He also rejected claims that the Army has returned to Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) in the Valley as part of its counter-insurgency strategy in Jammu and Kashmir — there were reports to this effect after the conduct of a CASO in 15 villages in Shopian district last Thursday, which involved nearly 4,000 soldiers of the Rashtriya Rifles.

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“We are not returning to classical CASO in Kashmir, because we know they cause hardship to the local people. These are area search operations. It is not even a cordon,” General Rawat said. The Army had discontinued CASO nearly 15 years ago because of diminishing results from these operations. Moreover, such operations alienated the local population due to the difficulties they faced.

Sources said that unlike a classical CASO, where the population of a village would be rounded up and brought to the village centre at the break of dawn, random search operations, directed at certain houses in villages of south Kashmir, will be conducted. The aim of these area search operations is to mount pressure, move the militants out of villages and into the forests. As intelligence sources have dried up and public protests have made operations in villages difficult, there are greater chances of success from counter-terror operations in forested areas.

The tempo of area search operations will be built, right up to the period leading to the Amarnath Yatra, sources said. The Amarnath Yatra, from June 29 to August 7, will pass through the districts of south Kashmir which have been engulfed by public protests these past few months. General Rawat also called upon all Kashmiris to condemn the killing of the young and unarmed Kashmiri Army officer, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was kidnapped and killed by militants in Shopian district on Wednesday.

“The young officer was a role model for all young Kashmiris. The way things are, this action has taken Kashmiris back while Lieutenant Ummer was taking it forward. He was encouraging other young people to join a force which the whole country is proud of,” he said. The Army chief said “these people are discouraging Kashmiris from availing job opportunities while thousands of people line up for police recruitment. How can they explain this dichotomy? This act (of Lieutenant Ummer’s murder) should be condemned by all Kashmiris.”

According to Army estimates, there are around 100 active militants in south Kashmir, including around 80 locals who have joined militancy in the last two years. The prevailing security situation in the region led to postponement, and eventual cancellation, of the Lok Sabha bypoll in Anantnag, represented earlier by current Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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    Shoaib Malik
    May 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    What India is doing in Kashmir is worse than what Israel is doing in Palestine. The brutalities of Indian army on innocent Kashmiri Muslims are out there in the open for everyone to see. But the good thing is that good vanquishes evil in the end and India will lick dust at the end and will have to give up its illegal claim on Kashmir eventually.
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      Shoaib Malik
      May 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm
      As long as Kashmir and its people remain with India there's no hope for them. Kashmiris will keep suffering. Riots like in Godhra, Kandhamal, Meerut, Mumbai, Dadri etc. should be an eye opener for every Indian Muslim. When Indian Muslims aren't safe in India how can Kashmiri Muslims expect so. It's better for Kashmiri Muslims to realize this fact and struggle for freedom from India and join stan like Azad Kashmir.
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        john
        May 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm
        army and jawans employ a tactic they arrest any married man and when his wife or sister goes for his rescue they ask bodily favours if protested they rape the women this was done in SUKMA and so poor tribals labelled as naxals took revenge by shooting 25 rapists - they released a audia clip which sold out main stream media not reported -
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          Love Others
          May 13, 2017 at 4:17 pm
          was you one of them or sister or mother one of them if not shut your mouth. Stop spreading fake info.
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            normal chaddi
            May 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm
            pervert chaddi spotted
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          lafanga
          May 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm
          Army is not against Kashmiris .... which is why we killed over 100 and injured more than 2000 with most of them blinded for life within last few months. We also love our Kashmiri brothers and sisters by tying them up on our army jeeps and use them as human shields. We beat them and torture them just to show our love. We also show our love by raping Kashmiri women. Our love shows in 1000's of unmarked graves found by HRW is Kashmir. Yes we love our Kashmiris.
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            Rakesh Pandit
            May 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm
            If you pelt stones, protect terrorists, parti te in anti national activity, this will happen. In fact kadhmiri students studying outside kashmir, in dufferent states, will suffer also. You are pigs, and will be treated like pigs.
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              Shoaib Malik
              May 16, 2017 at 9:42 pm
              Hindus and Hindu Indian army are like pigs. They breed like pigs and behave like pigs. Terrorist Indian army knows to fight unarmed Kashmiri Muslims only and when faced with real tigers these s their pants and book a ticket to burn in forever. Indian army has proven itself to be a bunch of cowards and terrorists in uniform. They feel so terrified and insecure of even a Kashmir child throwing a stone at their bullet proof armored vehicles, that they tie common Kashmiri Muslims on the bonnet of their armored vehicles. Is the blood of a Kashmiri Muslim cheaper than their paint jobs? India has lost Kashmir because of its tyranny on common Kashmiri Muslims and its inefficient and savage Army.
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            Raman Ravi
            May 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm
            Kashmiri gals of the age of 14 to 16 years old are like Alphonso aam, karo khao aur preggy kar do!
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              sohail
              May 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm
              you seem a illegitimate child of chacha nehhru like mega star ???? everybody knows big ???
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                Shoaib Malik
                May 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm
                But I love Delhi and UP Hindu teenage girls and married women. They're dying to get pregnant by Muslims and elope with them.
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                Mir Rasool
                May 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                I am living in occupied kashmir i can say what india army is ? Indian army is filthy black slum dog Terrorist force kil crushing blinding terrorising kashmiries shame indian state terrorist armu
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                  Hedonist
                  May 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm
                  Get lost to PoK Mohajjar if you are not happy in Kashmir.
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                    sohail
                    May 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm
                    u b@sttard chaddi get lost to eurasia back sea from where you invaded india muslim dalits tribals are original indians
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                    Michelle:Vedic:human
                    May 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                    But your abbu PEDO mo-homo-mad originated from the desert of Arabia,---how come you MUZZIE are in KASMIR????jai hind.
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                      Nimish Mehta
                      May 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm
                      Did you raise your voice when Kashmiri Pandits were targeted? Do you raise your voice when Hizbul says that this is not a political battle but a battle to establish Sharia law? If it is a battle for freedom, do your raise your voice when your so called leaders take the help of stan?
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                        Rakesh Pandit
                        May 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm
                        Miya rasool, kashmiris live on "bheekh" given by Indian taxpayers. You bhikharis should not open your mouth.
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                        Mir Rasool
                        May 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                        Your lies can not run world knows how you people are kil ctushing blinding people of kashmir in custody fake encounters target kil evey one in world is not extremists racists apartheid untolerant like you indians you are at war with kashmiries you lost but holding by gun . Its better for you to end you illegal oppression and allow UN resolutions yo be implemented on ground. Stop your state terrorism in kashmir stop for God sake be human not state terrorist.
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                          Damodar Biswal
                          May 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                          Seems u r a gentleman,sir.Why don't u ask the paid stone pelters to stop pelting stones n come to the mainstream?Only a few misguided youth of the valley support the separatists.Rest of them r reasonable .Taking advantage of all facilities n opportunities given by India but singing stani song.Do u justify it?The war is against the terrorists not against common Kashmir people.
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                            Hedonist
                            May 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                            Arab rule will not be allowed Mohajjar Mir. Get lost.
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                              Rakesh Pandit
                              May 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm
                              rasulmiya, you kashmiris live on "bheekh" given to you from our taxpayers. That is your 'aukat'. Bhikhari rasul, we have never liked muslims and never trusted them. Get lost.
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                              secure
                              May 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                              This RSS hatemonger is agaonst Kashmiri.
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                                Hedonist
                                May 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm
                                Its the moslems who hate kuffurs dimwit
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