he Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat has said that restrictions imposed after the abrogation of Article 370 may impose again in the wake of targeted killings in Kashmir.
After participating in the first Ravi Kant Singh Memorial lecture series in Guwahati, organised by the Assam police, General Rawat said that the restrictions could return soon at the cost of freedom of movement owing to the ongoing strikes. He also accused Pakistan of carrying out a proxy war to disturb the peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Whenever there is peace and tranquility in Jammu and Kashmir, our western adversary creates a situation where people of some community are killed and fear is generated,” Gen. Rawat said. Delving deep into the current situation in Kashmir, Gen. Rawat said, “We should not allow the exodus to happen from the Valley at all. The adversary will always try to do something to make us fall into a trap.”
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He said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Kashmir in order to give confidence to the people that the security forces will bring the situation under control.
“People don’t like the armed forces to become intrusive, but we will have to get back into this fold again and carry out activities to ensure the terrorists do not carry out any activity,” Gen. Rawat said.
He said that gradually peace was returning to the Kashmir, but the recent incidents is pushing back the Valley again into the restrictive fold. On the China front, the Chief of Defence Staff said issues were taking a long time to resolve, but they are getting resolved much faster than in the 1980s.
“You should have faith in the system, especially in the armed forces that they will not let the nation down,” he added