Governor’s rule won’t impact military operations: Rawat

Governor’s rule won’t impact military operations: Rawat
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New Delhi: The governor’s rule in the state is unlikely to have any impact on ongoing military operations, the Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Wednesday, adding that operations in the Valley would continue as earlier, Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
Rawat saod that militants had continued with their activities during Ramzan, necessitating suspension of the ceasefire by New Delhi.
“Operations were being carried out earlier as well. Then we saw a phase of suspension of operations because we wanted people to get a chance to offer their prayers during Ramzan without any kind of problem. Despite that, terrorists continued with their activity, which is why the suspension of operations was cancelled,” he said.
Action that was being taken earlier would continue, Rawat asserted.
Referring to the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP, he said, “We don’t think there will be any impact. We don’t have any kind of political interference.”
There has, he said, never been any kind of restriction on the force on how it should conduct its work.
The security forces have very strict rules of engagement and “take action” in accordance with them, Rawat said.
On Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner.