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.
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            Pat
            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
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              zeed
              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
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                  Anand
                  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 IS....now army have to show their mettle....
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                    Ankush
                    Feb 17, 2017 at 4:11 pm
                    First kill all politicians who are against military actions then kill miltants?
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                      Anuradha Kalhan
                      Feb 17, 2017 at 10:10 am
                      Army as a political tool! Why should an Indian army chief make aggressive statements against citizens of India.lt;br/gt;How far away are we from our colonial cousins stan?
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                        Anuradha Kalhan
                        Feb 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                        Yes true , you are definitely more deranged than the average stani.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I am using this opportunity to appeal to my country men and women to create a public funded relief and rehabilitation to fight HIV ( Hindu Intolerance Virus) on a war footing.
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                          Rajesh
                          Feb 17, 2017 at 9:09 am
                          If required Army should also kill those traitors who are just opposing good statement by Army chief for political mileage.
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                            Jai hind
                            Feb 17, 2017 at 9:57 am
                            Army is doing correct .. But the credit is taken by some one else
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                              Jai hind
                              Feb 17, 2017 at 10:17 am
                              Indira never Used it for her political gain or she never spoke about in rally's and campaigns ..The credit what she got was from the citizen who voluntarily gave it to her 😀
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                                Jai hind
                                Feb 17, 2017 at 10:15 am
                                It's modi who is politisizing it
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                                  Jai hind
                                  Feb 17, 2017 at 10:11 am
                                  RSS arrogance exposed .. Those few goons who came to the main stream causing communal riots are giving lecture now ... Hahaha .. This is wot RSS do .. Language is for communication ..y understood wot he really meant that's it ... lt;br/gt;Jab koi pak athenkevaadi saffron chaddi pehanke tumhare taraf chalaraha hai .. Tab tum kudko bachane jagah ,wo saffron chaddi pehanne SE pareshan hoga ..that's wot u have shown here now.. lt;br/gt; And yes .. Modi is not above God ..so u have no right to question any one talking about him .. lt;br/gt; Y don't u show this respect to the PM when Manmohan was on that chair ... ? Apna PM ka qualification aur aukath ko leke pehle soch . ..dusronka tho uske baad mai sochega
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                                    NAVIN ASTI
                                    Feb 17, 2017 at 10:16 am
                                    This is totally shameful that army is criticized for warning Anti-Nationals who are helping terrorists to carry out attacks,worst is the nonsense opposition political parties who are in line with these Anti-National separatists and creating hindrance in security of the Nation,just for their filthy enmity with Modi,who does not allow them to loot the Nation and also for vote-begging by these beggars.The best way is to to have military rule that would take these politicians to task by direct steps and teach these illiterates what is called patriotism.A situation where freedom of naked anti-national activity is preferred over even the existence of the Nation demands stern action against all those who harbor it.And this can be done by our GREAT PATRIOTIC ARMY.
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                                      Bijan Mohanty
                                      Feb 17, 2017 at 8:27 am
                                      Take action against paid media which is misinterpreting Army Chief's statement.
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                                        bishnu
                                        Feb 17, 2017 at 8:00 am
                                        who is trying to score a political browning point over surgical strike by our valiant forces
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                                          Dr. Pramod
                                          Feb 17, 2017 at 9:48 am
                                          Learn English from a proper school and not from Lalu Prasadwa. Zand! Your English is so poor and you are trying to read English e-paper, on top of it, you are trying to p a comment on the PM! Apni aukaat to dekh lo bhai! kuchh nahi to pappu se seekh lo
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                                            Sreenivasan
                                            Feb 17, 2017 at 8:09 am
                                            Unfortunately BJP has no other way. To issue reports of currency notes coming from stan via Bangladesh, issue false statements of Hindu potion decreasing in India, issuing statements on bravery of soldiers on terrorists in Kashmir and now what we can expect is to a cow being killed again by beef eaters somewhere in U.P. as the election is not yet over there. Round and round they have to walk the same route.
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