Pakistan radicalizing Kashmiri youth: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

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Ground Report |Srinagar

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said that Pakistan has been radicalizing Kashmiri youth through various means. He said that Pakistan has been continuing with its efforts to radicalize Kashmiri youth.

In Kashmir, after the death of HM commander Burhan Wani in 2016, the conflict zone has witnessed the scores of youth taking up militancy. Rawat said that the misguided youth should be educated and the army can play a pivotal role in it.

He said he wants to convey countrymen that they can rest assured that any task given to defense services will always be accomplished no matter how difficult it is. The soldiers will continue to man and guard our borders, Rawat said.

Reacting over the current weaponry, Rawat said they are looking at modernizing inventory. Their focus is on Artillery weapon system, by 2020 and will get the Howitzers, K-9 Vajra is being manufactured in the country now and two Bofors like guns are being manufactured locally.

Talking strong about Pakistan, Bipin Rawat said misadventures are normally not repeated and for its response, Pakistan will get a bloodier nose next time.

“A war that we were compelled to undertake, to throwback those Pakistani intruders who had attempted the misadventure of occupying the heights around Dras, Kargil betallic. When the task was given to the Indian Army to evict the intruders, I recall the statement by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee where he said,

“The Indian Defence Forces have been directed to remove the infiltration from the Dras’ heights” and he added that even before the Indian soldier is launched into battle, we are confident that victory will be ours. That was the confidence he had imposed on the defence services. And they did not let him down,” the General Bipin Rawat said.

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On instances where a former army personnel’s name has been struck off from the National Register of Citizens in Assam, Rawat said, “We will support any army personal who has an issue with the NRC. If a person has served the Indian Forces then he will surely be taken care of. We will help him with all the required documents.”

The Army chief added, “Our soldiers have very little demands. We have to keep their morale high. A soldier fighting a proxy war needs tools for surveillance that helps him identify the enemy he needs his gun and armour. we are also looking at what else we need to fight this proxy war. We are in the process of modernising our forces but we cannot do it overnight.”

“These are desperate attempts to reignite a dying flame. They are doing every thing to keep the Kashmir issue alive. It has been proved that they are providing financial support to terrorists. Radicalisation on social media is being done to keep the Kashmir issue alive as they have sensed that Kashmir will not remain an international issue for long,” said Rawat.

However Former India captain MS Dhoni is all set to serve the Indian Army in Kashmir and will undertake the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty for about 15 days, the Indian Army said in a statement on Thursday. While MSD is all set to start the service, the chief of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat , has said that after undergoing his training Dhoni will be protecting other citizen and the army wouldn’t have to worry about protecting the legendary cricketer.

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“I don’t think we will need to protect him, he will protect the citizens and garrison entrusted to his task,” General Rawat told NDTV during an exclusive conversation.

The 38-year-old holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion). The army chief further threw light on what Dhoni will be doing during his stint.

“When a citizen of India wants to don the military uniform then he has to also be prepared to fulfill the task for which the uniform has been assigned to him. MS Dhoni has carried out his basic training and we know that he will be able to accomplish the task.

“In fact, he will be protecting a lot of other people because he will now be performing with the 106 Territorial Army battalion (Para). It is a very good battalion and they have been performing line of communication duties, static protection and he will be a part of it, General Rawat said.

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