Pakistan aware it can’t succeed in Kashmir, using terror to keep pot boiling: Army chief
jkupdate.com | 27-Oct-2018 03:24 PM
  • Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

NEW DELHI: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said that Pakistan was using terror to keep the pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir since it was well aware they could never succeed. Accusing the neighbouring country of trying to stall development in the state, Rawat warned that India was strong enough to counter Pakistan’s evil designs and capable of carrying out different operations.

the Army chief said,“Pakistan is fully aware they can never succeed, terror is another way by them to keep the pot boiling. They want to stall development in Kashmir but Indian state is strong enough to counter everything, and we are fully capable of carrying out different operations.” Rawat made the remarks after paying tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the national capital to mark Infantry Day.

Rawat had articulated the need for another surgical strike on terror launch pads across the Line of Control twice in the past month. On September, the Army chief emphasised the need to “avenge” the “barbaric” acts carried out by the Pakistani Army and terrorists against Indian soldiers, saying it was time to “give it back in the same coin”.

Speaking on the death of a 22-year-old soldier following a head injury in an incident of stone-pelting in Anantnag district of South Kashmir, Rawat said there were some people who ask for stone pelters not to be treated as over ground workers of terrorists. “The jawan who lost his life after being attacked by stone pelters was guarding a border roads team which was constructing roads, and then we have some ppl saying don’t treat stone pelters like OGWs(over ground workers) of terrorists,” he said.

Sepoy Rajendra Singh was part of a Quick Reaction Team that was providing security to a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) convoy on Thursday evening. When the convoy was passing through the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near NH-44, few youths hurled stones at the vehicle and Singh was injured after being hit by a stone directly on the head. Singh was provided first aid and rushed to 92 Base Hospital, but succumbed to his head injury on Friday.

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