To maintain peace in the valley, political initiative and military operations must go hand-in-hand. On Sunday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat stated that to bring peace in Jammu and Kashmir, political initiative and Military operation must go in one direction. To prevent cross-border terrorism in the state, the military invasion has been supported by General.
According to him, the armed forces serving in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be status quo(existing state of the affair) and must indulge in new strategies to handle the situation.
Gen Rawat while speaking to news agency PTI told that there was no room for ramping up the heat on Pak 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.”
For a sustained dialogue in J&K, the government appointed former intelligence bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma as special representative in October 2017. Gen Rawat 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.”
Army Gen Rawat further said that “Yes, you cannot be status quoist. You have to continuously think and keep moving forward. You have to keep changing your doctrines and concept and the manner in which you operate in such areas.”
According to him, an overall operation was needed to handle the issue in Kashmir and the Army will have to deal with the situation by new strategies and new tactics. While looking the last year, the Indian Army too an aggressive anti-terror policy in J&K. Also, responded to all the cease-fire by Pakistan.
The Army Gen also said, “Military is only part of the mechanism to resolve the Kashmir issue. Our charter is to ensure that the terrorists who are creating violence in the state are taken to task and those who have been radicalized and are increasingly moving towards terrorism are prevented from doing so.”
About the youth joining terror group, he said some you the are joining terror groups and at the same time army is maintaining pressure on terror groups. He also said, “But at the same time, we have to also reach out to the people.”
While talking about the change in the situation in Kashmir, he said, “I am only seeing a marginal change in situation for the better.”
“I do not think it is time to become overconfident and start assuming that the situation has been brought under control because infiltration from across the borders will continue,” the Army Gen said. As per the official data, the LoC remained volatile last year. 860 incidents of ceasefire by Pak has been reported.
However, India is also effectively answering the firing of Pakistani and even crossed the Line of Control (LoC) to teach lessons to the Pakistani soldiers on several occasions as part of tactical operations.