NEW DELHI - Frustrated over the continuous killing of Army men at hands of militants in Occupied Kashmir, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said to youth of Jammu and Kashmir, who are taking up arms or resorting to stone pelting, that they cannot fight the Indian Army and that “Azadi” could never be achieved by them.
In an interview to The Indian Express, the Army chief cautioned Kashmiri youth from getting carried away. “We will always fight those who seek Azadi, those who want to secede. It’s not going to happen, never,” the Army chief was quoted as saying.
The Army chief further said that the cycle of killing would continue in Kashmir as fresh recruitments are being done by militants groups. Calling such attempts futile, General Rawat said it did not matter as to how many terrorists were killed.
He said that the Army or Indian administration does not like any sort of killing, but would fight with full force if compelled to do so.
Our troops have been trying their level best to avoid any civilian casualty despite huge provocation...I know that the youth are angry. But attacking security forces, throwing stones at us isn’t the way”. he told The Indian Express.
He also questioned protests by locals during any operation by forces against militants. General Rawat said that if people do not want the militants to be killed, they should urge them to give up arms and surrender, adding that people were in fact inciting forces by resorting to actions like stone pelting.