No peace until Pakistan turns into a secular state: Indian army chief

Published: November 30, 2018
Gen Rawat’s remarks came two days after PM Imran extended an olive branch at Kartarpur groundbreaking. PHOTO: PRESS TRUST OF INDIA/FILE

Gen Rawat’s remarks came two days after PM Imran extended an olive branch at Kartarpur groundbreaking. PHOTO: PRESS TRUST OF INDIA/FILE

Taking Pakistan-India rivalry to new heights, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday that Pakistan will have to become a secular state to coexist peacefully with India.

The remarks were made only two days after Pakistan extended an olive branch to the neighbouring country by doing groundbreaking of Kartarpur border corridor in a bid to ease Indian pilgrims’ visit to the shrine of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of the Sikh faith.

Addressing the ceremony, in which along with other guests Indian ministers were also present, Prime Minister Imran Khan had proposed that if France and Germany can live in peace then why India and Pakistan can’t do the same.

Modi’s mindset main hurdle in holding bilateral talks, PM tells Indian journalists

General Rawat’s remarks were made while interacting with the local media on the sidelines of a military ceremony in Pune earlier in the day, The Indian Express reported.

“For this idea of countries coming together, Pakistan will have to look at their own internal situation. Pakistan has made itself into an Islamic State. If they have to stay together with India, they will have to become a secular state. We are a secular state. How can we stay together, when they say they are an Islamic State and there is no role for anyone else,” Gen Rawat was quoted by the Indian media outlet as saying.

In response to PM Imran’s offer of taking two steps for every single Indian step, the Indian army chief said, “India has taken the first step several times. At least show us one step from your side. Terrorism is growing in your country. At least show us some action from your side against terrorism.”

Peace overtures should not be mistaken as desperation: PM tells India

During Wednesday’s ceremony at Kartarpur, Prime Minister Imran had said the whole Pakistani nation was on one page with regards to improving bilateral ties with India. “We wish to move forward, we want a civilised relationship … I assure you that we can solve this problem. But determination and big dreams are necessary. Imagine, once trade begins, once our relationship is fixed, how much both nations could benefit,” he had said.

However, while interacting with the Indian reporters in Islamabad earlier today, the premier said Pakistan didn’t receive positive response from India pertaining to bilateral talks, terming the Narendra Modi-led government’s mindset main hurdle in failure to hold dialogue.

“Pakistan’s mindset has changed, but India’s hasn’t,” PM Imran told news reporters from the neighbouring country. He said that there’s no issue that can’t be resolved through talks.

According to him, the opening of Kartarpur corridor was one of the measures taken to improve bilateral ties. “There’s no enmity between the people of the two countries; people to people relations could be improved.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Faraz
    Nov 30, 2018 - 11:38PM

    The General would be well advised to look after his own country, which is slowly turning into a Hindhu theocracy, with Hinhu extremists firmly entrenched in power. Muslim minorities are finding it increasingly difficult to peacefully co-exist with an overbearing Hindhu majority. Another term of BJP government would complete the process from secular to Hindhu theocratic state. Recommend

  • Striver
    Dec 1, 2018 - 12:32AM

    India’s Gen Rawal is a perfect fit for “small men occupying big offices.Recommend

  • saeed
    Dec 1, 2018 - 1:39AM

    Very true. Secular way is the only way to Pakistan will back on track. This is key point to show world that we are part of this world.Recommend

  • tatheer Jumani
    Dec 1, 2018 - 3:06AM

    Oh really India a secular state ?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 1, 2018 - 4:18AM

    He should also make some noise when Muslim are victimized in his “Secular” country in the name religion.Recommend

  • Br
    Dec 1, 2018 - 4:18AM

    No Mr.. you are not a secular state – you are a hindu state. Recommend

  • Saifi
    Dec 1, 2018 - 2:17PM

    Secular like India where the Hindu Extremists are in power and they treat other minorities like dirtRecommend

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