Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat becomes PM Modi’s political pawn

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat becomes PM Modi’s political pawn

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Army has urged Indian army chief against sacrificing professional ethics on the altar of political expediency and refraining from issuing provocative statements which pose a threat to peace in the region.

General Bipin Rawat is “repeatedly provoking war through irresponsible statements endangering regional peace for electioneering of political masters”, chief spokesman of Pakistan Army commented on Twitter on Friday.

“From fake surgical strike to-date his only success has been to turn Indian Army into a rogue force and getting them killed,” Director General

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said in one of his tweets.

In a subsequent tweet, he said, “Indian Army Chief’s statements coupled with blood of innocents on hand, losses to Indian forces at the hands of Pakistan Armed Forces, heli crashes due to so called tech fault cum fratricide just to become Indian CDS is actually at the cost of professional military ethos.”

These statements came hours after General Rawat was reported by Indian media as saying on Friday that Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) were “controlled by terrorists, not the Pakistani establishment.”

The irresponsible statement was made only days after another such lie of the Indian army chief was exposed by Pakistan.

Going a step further, the Indian COAS said that AJK and GB were part of the “complete state” of Jammu and Kashmir and being “occupied” by Pakistan.

“PoK [Pakistani part of Kashmir] and Gilgit-Baltistan are occupied territory -- a territory which has been illegally occupied by our western neighbour,” he said in his provocative comments.

Gen Rawat’s statement comes after some ministers of BJP-led racist government declared that their “next agenda” after abrogating autonomy of India-occupied Kashmir (IoK) is to make Pakistani part of Kashmir an integral part of India.