Army Chief Says, Gun Is Not The Solution To Any Problem


New Delhi: General BipinRawat said the radicalised youth of the Kashmir Valley would soon realise that the gun was not the solution to any problem. Neither the Army nor the terrorists would be benifitted by it. Peace, he said, was the only way to improve the situation in Kashmir that had been witnessing militancy for about three decades now.
“There is hope that the situation in Kashmir will’s not gone wrong. There are some youths in Kashmir who have strayed and have been radicalised. They think they can achieve their goal through guns.
“But the time is not far when even they will be convinced that neither the forces nor the terrorists will be able to achieve their goal. We have to together find a way for peace and we will be successful in that,” Rawat said. The Army chief was speaking at the 70th foundation day of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regiment.

He said although a section of people in the valley had strayed but that was a “very small” number and majority of people desired peace and believed that they were Indians.
“It is wrong to say that situation in Kashmir has deteriorated. The atmosphere is vitiated but the situation has not deteriorated,” he said.
Rawat, who served extensively in Kashmir through his tenure, said the concept of ‘Kashmiryat’ had to be brought back and the process initiated from the University of Kashmir. He noted that ‘Unity in Diversity’ was the real essence of Kashmiriyat and it is important to inform the youth about it.


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