Worried over occupied Kashmir control, Indian Army Chief makes offer to Kashmiri leaders

Worried over occupied Kashmir control, Indian Army Chief makes offer to Kashmiri leaders
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NEW DELHI - The Indian Army Chief seemed worried over control in occupied Kashmir and has offered talks to Kashmiri separatists, Indian media has reported.

Rawat, speaking at his annual press conference, also said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir needs to be improved further.

"Situation in Jammu and Kashmir needs to be brought under better control. We are adopting hard power and soft power approach. But the offer to terrorists to come over ground, look at peace is always there as who is getting affected by this? People of Kashmir themselves," he said."We are only facilitators for peace in J&K," he added.

When asked about the possibility of talks with separatists in J&K, Rawat said, "Our position is very clear that shun the gun and stop taking support from the western neighbour. Talks can happen only if they shun violence."

On the situation along the China and Pakistan border, Gen Rawat said, "We have managed the situation well along the northern and western borders." He added that there should be no cause for concern.

New Delhi