Let’s give peace and talks a chance in Kashmir: Gen Rawat

Favoring dialogue to ‘break cycle of militant groups recruiting more Kashmiri youth’

BK Monitoring Desk/Srinagar
June 13, 2018 TOP STORIES 173 Views
Let’s give peace and talks a chance in Kashmir: Gen Rawat

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has favored New Delhi’s dialogue offer in Kashmir, saying ‘peace should be given a chance in Kashmir.’
The remarks came at a time when clamor is growing over talks with Kashmiri separatists to end bloodshed in Kashmir.
He made the remarks during an exclusive conversation with The Economic Times.
Gen Rawat said was in favour of dialogue to “break the cycle of militant groups recruiting more Kashmiri youth.”
“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 ET.
In April this year, the general had said the “radicalised youth of the Valley” would soon “realise” that the gun was not the solution to their problem as neither the Army nor the militants would achieve their goals through it.
Peace, he had said, was the only way to improve the situation in Kashmir that had been witnessing militancy for about three decades now.
“There is hope that the situation in Kashmir will improve…it’s not gone wrong. There are some youths in Kashmir who have strayed and have been radicalised. They think they can achieve their goal through guns,” Rawat had said.
“But the time is not far when even they will be convinced that neither the forces nor the militants will be able to achieve their goal. We have to together find a way for peace and we will be successful in that,” he had said.
On May 19, Rawat had issued a stern warning to the Kashmiri youth he had said that the youth must not be carried away unnecessarily and understand that ‘azadi’ is not possible as they cannot fight the security forces in the valley.
In an interview to The Indian Express, General Rawat had said, “I want to tell Kashmiri youth that Azadi isn’t possible. It won’t happen. Don’t get carried away unnecessarily. Why are you picking up weapons? We will always fight those who seek Azadi, those who want to secede. Azadi is not going to happen, never.”
On the number of militants being killed in the gunfights he said; “These numbers don’t matter to me because I know this cycle will continue. There are fresh recruitments happening. I only want to stress that all this is futile, nothing is going to be achieved by them. You can’t fight the Army.”

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