Political, military approach must go hand in hand to bring peace to Kashmir: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

The Army chief in his annual press conference held on the eve of Army Day had also mentioned that the focus will now be shifted to North Kashmir from South Kashmir in the new year. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2018 7:45 pm
COAS Gen Bipin Rawat. (Express Photo)

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday asserted that the political initiative and military operations must go hand in hand in Jammu & Kashmir to usher in an era of peace in the state. “The political initiative and all the other initiatives must go simultaneously hand-in-hand and only if all of us function in synergy, we can bring lasting peace in Kashmir. It has to be a politico-military approach that we have to adopt,” said General Rawat.

The chief expressed that there is room for ramping up pressure on Pakistan to cut the flow of cross-border terror activities. The statement comes just a week after the US President Donald Trump threatened to suspend the multi-million dollar financial aid to Pakistan for providing safe havens to terror groups.

The COAS, in an interview with news agency PTI, said that the conditions in Kashmir have ‘marginally’improved since he took over the reins of the Army from General Dalbir Singh Suhag. “I am only seeing a marginal change in situation for the better. I do not think it is time to become over-confident and start assuming that the situation has been brought under control because infiltration from across the borders will continue,” General Rawat said.

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The Army has pursued an aggressive push to flush out terrorists and curb the insurgency in the state under Operation All Out. The Army chief in his annual press conference held on the eve of Army Day had also mentioned that the focus will now be shifted to North Kashmir from South Kashmir in the new year.

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Talking about the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as an interlocutor in the state to initiate dialogue, the COAS said, “When the government appointed an interlocutor, it is with that purpose. He is the government’s representative to reach out to the people of Kashmir and see what their grievances are so that those can then be addressed at a political level.”

Meanwhile, General Rawat did not fail to mention the continuous need of the armed forces to formulate fresh strategies and device new tactics to deal with the situation on borders. Gen Rawat, who has followed a hard-line approach in tackling terrorism, said the armed forces operating in the state cannot be “status quoist” and must evolve new strategies and tactics to deal with the situation.

Facing flak over his statement saying the education system in Kashmir had corrupted and the youth are being radicalised, General Rawat reiterated that some youths continue to be radicalised and are joining militancy. The Army has been trying to maintain pressure on terror groups, he said, adding that the Army’s aim is to ensure that it continues to maintain the pressure on the terrorists and those fomenting trouble there.

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  1. Sahib Singh
    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:00 am
    Military Chief should stick to his primary job and that is being a military officer. He is not qualified to give advise of solving domestic problems of the country. The civilian government is supreme under the Indian cons ution and if the Military wants to, and where appropriate it should, make suggestions to the Civilian government in private. No need to show boating and putting Army on the display in the media over matters that fall in the civilian governments domain. This Chief wants to be a celebrity and he likes to see his pictures in the media, not good for the military or the nation.
    1. Indian Abroad
      Jan 15, 2018 at 1:06 am
      Peace or no peace, J K is part of India for thousands of years and will remain so.
      1. Indian Abroad
        Jan 15, 2018 at 1:03 am
        Bipin Rawan speaks too much. He needs to shut up. No Army chief in past was this loose cannon.
        1. Indian Abroad
          Jan 15, 2018 at 1:03 am
          Sory, I meant Bipin RAWAT
        2. Abdulhaq Syed
          Jan 14, 2018 at 9:55 pm
          The occupation army chief has a big mouth and is pea brained. Sometimes he suggests to control mosques and schools and even suggests that the geographical map of Kashmir should not be taught in Kashmir schools and some times he talks of not fearing an atomic war with Pakistan ! He cannot even feed his army with decent meals but brags about a two front war with China and Pakistan. A complete asinine character.
          1. Indian Abroad
            Jan 15, 2018 at 1:13 am
            Yes, he is big mouth. But You Pakistanis can't even have a brave enough army that can face India so sending terrorists that hide behind women and children of Kashmir and run away in Burqua like women. You do not even own up your coward soldiers and accept their dead bodies.
          2. Nitya KV
            Jan 14, 2018 at 9:43 pm
            Looks like the Army Chief is making preparations for joining BJP after retirement.
            1. Shyamal Ganguly
              Jan 14, 2018 at 10:31 pm
              What would you do ? What has got to do with his performance? BJP is a party that believes in "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikash". Are you a Muslim?
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