Kashmir is heaven, need to ensure peace: Army chief

Kashmir is heaven, need to ensure peace: Army chief

New Delhi: Kashmir is heaven, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday, stressing the need to bring the Valley back to the period before militancy erupted there in the late 1980s.
Rawat said the world used to flock to the Valley, but people were not being able to come there now because of the prevailing unrest.
The Valley has been witnessing a rise in the number of stone-pelting incidents in the recent past.
“Kashmir is heaven. We have to again bring it to the level that was there before. The world flocks to see the Valley, but people are not being able to come because of the tension,” said Rawat, who has served in Jammu and Kashmir in four stints.
Referring to his stints in Jammu and Kashmir, Rawat said his first posting in the state was in 1981-82 when the “situation was good”.
The situation started deteriorating during his second posting between 1991 and 1993, he said.
He was addressing a group of Kashmiri students who were supported by the Army and have cleared the engineering entrance examination.


One Response to "Kashmir is heaven, need to ensure peace: Army chief"

  1. Rabindra Nath Roy   June 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Our Army Chief does lot of talking of which people are not used to. Everyone knows that Kashmir is heaven on earth but not without its inhabitants who happened to be Muslims in major part of the state. People want peace generally but not at the cost of their self respect and individual dignity. When people of Kashmir learn that our Chief of Army laments as to the protesters having stones in their hands and not the guns they feel abused since their issues on which they are protesting not given due hearing. That Army chief is trying to fill in the void created by the absence of Politicians who have let the people down and cannot stand before them the effort to fill that void is futile. That the security forces who over the period have come to be known in kashmir by the Kashmiris as occupation forces with draconian law like AFSPA in their hands to shoot anyone they think should be not even must be they feel letdown and dehumanized. without being subjected to the law of the land the Constitutional rights and guaranteesof citizens are thrown to the dustbin. Our Army Chief has in the meantime made enough noise and now he has to his backing the ruling party who are out to prove anyone who speaks or questions him is not an Indian or anti national, he finds it very convenient to lecture about.


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