Aggression along LoC to be maintained: Rawat

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/3/2018 12:11:19 AM

JAMMU: Asserting that the force has been responding effectively to ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said that an aggressive strategy has to be maintained along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in dealing with such incidents.
"They are doing it (violating ceasefire), but we are responding to it, but an aggressive strategy has to be maintained," he told reporters, on the sidelines on an event in New Delhi.
General Rawat was responding to a question on the Army's strategy to deal with repeated ceasefire violations which has seen a sharp rise in the year gone by.
According to official figure, close to 900 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops were reported in 2017 as against 221 in the year before.
On the issue of insurgency in several parts of the country, the Army Chief said it is on a decline in the Northeast while in Kashmir it is "cyclical" in nature.
"The moment peace tends to return to the Valley, there is an interference from across the border," he said.
Gen Rawat, while interacting with 27 youths from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, who were in National Capital as part of a national integration tour, said that he does not want Kashmir to become Afghanistan.
"If we finish (militarily) Pakistan, it will become like Afghanistan, riddled with all sorts of problems which Afghanistan is today facing," he answered when one of the youths asked why the Indian Army does not "finish" the Pakistani side.
Since beginning of the year, the Army pursued an aggressive anti-terror policy in Jammu and Kashmir, at the same time, forcefully responding to all ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control with a tit-for- tat approach.
Rawat also said neighbouring nations have to "learn to live with each other".
"We want to live in peace. Two neighbours living in a colony, if they have any issue, one of them can choose to move house. But, as nations we can't do that," he said.

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