Situation improving, radicalisation being addressed: Army Chief

The comments came after the General recently visited the state and reviewed security situation.

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: Oct 22 2017 12:17AM | Updated Date: Oct 22 2017 12:17AM
Situation improving, radicalisation being addressed: Army ChiefFile Photo

Chief of Army Staff General BipinRawat on Saturday said that situation in Kashmir is improving but “radicalisation of youth through social media” is a cause of concern for “all security agencies and the civil administration”.

“Situation is improving and whatever is happening now in the Valley possibly highlights the frustration of the militants and those who support them,” General Rawat said here after presenting Standard to the 47 Armoured Regiment.

The comments came after the General recently visited the state and reviewed security situation.

“Radicalisation is a worldwide phenomena and we are addressing it with a lot of seriousness,” the General said, adding, “Jammu and Kashmir government, police and civil administration everyone is concerned about it (radicalisation) and we are trying to ensure that people are weaned away from this radicalisation, which is happening mainly because of the social media.”

 

ON NIA:

Commenting on National Investigation Agency’s action on separatists, he said, “In Kashmir, we are following the government approach and NIA raids was part of that.”

“If the whole of the government approach is adopted then every aspect, every machinery of the government has to play a part,” he said and added that the results of NIA raids will surface in the near future.

 

ON INDO-PAK RELATIONS:

“Military has a task and we will continue to perform our task. Talks or anything else has to be decided at the political level and if the political hierarchy takes a call on talks, they will take it,” he said.

The army chief said that militants’ training camps across the Line of Control were “very much intact and militants are active there.”

“Surgical strike was one of the mediums to eliminate the militants. There are many other ways too and required actions are being taken,” he added.

On probes and inquiries in army:

Asked about probes, inquiries and action after militant attacks on major installations like Uri and Nagrota attacks, he said, “Inquiries have been completed. And action has been taken. And punishments have been awarded to people who were found guilty.”

 

ON EXPANSION:

Replying a query on expansion in army by raising 72 Infantry Division in parts of Eastern Ladakh to counter China’s threat, the chief said, “Raising 72 Infantry Division is a part of 17 Corps and its raising is going on as scheduled. It is being raised as force of deterrence.”