Army chief says forces have good terms with Kashmiris, hope to meet without guns

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said the forces are interacting with Kashmiris “normally” like before and they would further hope to meet them without guns, also like before.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, General Rawat said, “If the adversary wants to activate the LoC, that’s their choice. Everybody does precautionary deployment, we should not get too concerned about it.”

He added, “Our interaction with Kashmiri people is normal like earlier. We used to meet them without guns in the 70s and 80s and we hope that we continue to meet them without guns.”

The Army chief has said the forces are prepared for any kind of adverse actions by Pakistan.

Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh toured the Kashmir Valley on Monday to review the prevailing security situation in the region.

Lt Gen Singh visited formations in north and south Kashmir and was briefed about the current situation as also the recent counter-terrorist operations, a Defence spokesperson said.

He complimented the troops for the humanitarian assistance being provided to the locals and appreciated the actions taken by the units and formations in ensuring safety and well-being of the people.

The Army commander was accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon.

The Army Commander reinforced the need to be fully prepared for the emerging security challenges and lauded the exemplary synergy among all security forces, the official said.