Give peace a chance in Kashmir: Indian army chief

General Rawat says dialogue must to keep disputed region's young away from terror

News Desk June 14, 2018
General Rawat says he is in favor of the dialogue that would aid in breaking the cycle of recruitment of more Kashmiri youth by terror groups PHOTO: EXPRESS

Peace should be given a chance in Kashmir, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat says.

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The Indian army top boss made the remarks while exclusively speaking with the Economic Times. Rawat also stressed the importance of dialogue to keep the restive region's young away from 'terrorism'.

“Talks must happen. The issue is that a lot of locals are joining militancy. We kill them and more would join. Infiltration can be controlled, but this cycle of recruitment of local youth can go on and on. So…let’s give peace a chance and see,” he told the publication.

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Rawat largely desisted from shedding light on a probe against Major Leetul Gogoi who made headlines after using a Kashmiri as a human shield. An inquiry is underway. Strongest punishment will be meted out if he is found guilty, he said.

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Elaborating on the situation along the nation's frontier with China, Rawat said the situation had "returned to normal" following the recent Modi-Xi summit. “Things at the Line of Actual Control are normal as earlier. We are encouraged by the meetings at the highest level.”

This story appeared originally in the Economic Times

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