Govt slams opposition for politics over Army Chief’s ‘tough action’ in Valley remarks

"We appeal to political sections and Congress to not to indulge in any kind of politicking at cost of security forces' morale," Mos, PMO Jitendra Singh said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 5:44 pm
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Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh said that Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s statement on “tough action” in Valley was misinterpreted. Asking political parties not to politicise his statement, he said, “We appeal to political sections and Congress to not to indulge in any kind of politicking at cost of security forces’ morale.” Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday gave out a warning that those who are creating “hurdles” during security operations in the valley would face “tough action”. The remarks have evoked strong reactions from both mainstream political parties as well as separatist parties. While National Conference slammed Army General for his remarks, the ruling PDP voiced statement in Rawat’s support.

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NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said the need of the hour was to engage the youth politically, adding that threatening them would push them farther away. Senior PDP leader and Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar, on the other hand, said that it is good to advise people on safety. “It is good to advise people on safety. Even combatants, whether they are militants or security forces, take shelter — militants take shelter in some house and security forces in bunkers. What wisdom is there in running towards an encounter site?” Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also criticised Rawat’s statements saying there is a need to ask why the Army is being used to crush a mass political movement.

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The stern message from Rawat came a day after three soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting at Parray Mohalla of Bandipore in north Kashmir when they were about to launch an operation against the militants. Alerted by the stone-pelters, the militants got an opportunity to fire hand grenades and empty a few magazines from AK-rifles into the advancing troopers, leaving three jawans dead and some others, including a Commanding officer of CRPF, injured. One terrorist managed to flee the area.

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    Kaliyan. V
    Feb 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    Mr. K: The analysis must be about what the general said and not on this or that. The Congress has been acting toward Muslims like a bearer of a water vessel who follows someone going to defecate. THAT must be stopped. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;'எப்பொருள் யார்யார்வாய்க் கேட்பினும் அப்பொருள் lt;br/gt;மெய்ப்பொருள் காண்பதறிவு.'
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      Kaliyan. V
      Feb 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm
      Now we get the picture clear. Kashmir has been a headache simply, only, and entirely because of the Congress Party and its tail the Communist parties and others. THEY WANT IT TO BE ALIVE ETERNALLY. lt;br/gt;The wisest thing that patriotic Indians should do is not to vote at all for the Congress Party.
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        Loveindra Chadha
        Feb 17, 2017 at 8:11 am
        Mr Mirwaiz what should the forces do when stone pelters intervene in an operation against the militants, the operation is not against the stone pelters, you need to understand the forces, control your stone pelters
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          Bharat Maa
          Feb 17, 2017 at 9:07 am
          Is using security forces as surgical struck in election rally monopoly of Feku.
          1. P
            Feb 18, 2017 at 12:15 am
            Keep playing congress communists politicians anti army rants on Indian channels so patriotic Indians don't vote for congress, a
            1. Z
              Feb 17, 2017 at 11:53 am
              Gues who comes to rawat defence?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jittu singh- the man most responsible for centers dirty Kashmir policy. This mans father was instrumental in the Jammu macres of 47. When 200,000 were killed on purpose. Poonch macres. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jittu singh is a d in the wool communal. He feels victorious by hurting the nearest Muslim.
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                abhisek bagarty
                Feb 17, 2017 at 11:27 am
                No doubt they need stick not carrot
                1. A
                  Feb 17, 2017 at 9:54 am
                  Shoot at their chests....that's needed...enough of bringing them back to main stream..blah..blah....these rogue elements wants to support stan and army have to show their mettle....
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