Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has said that those fighting for Azadi in Kashmir are misled and cannot fight the army.
In an interview to The Indian Express, Gen Rawat said: “I want to tell Kashmiri youth that Azadi isn’t possible. It won’t happen. Don’t get carried away unnecessarily. Why are you picking up weapons? We will always fight those who seek Azadi, those who want to secede. (Azadi) is not going to happen, never”.
He said that army doesn’t enjoy killings as Kashmiris need to understand that the SFs (security forces) haven’t been so brutal — look at Syria and Pakistan.
“They use tanks and air power in similar situations. Our troops have been trying their level best to avoid any civilian casualty despite huge provocation.”
General Rawat said that he doesn’t attach much importance to the number of militants who are killed in encounters with the Army. “These numbers don’t matter to me because I know this cycle will continue. There are fresh recruitments happening. I only want to stress that all this is futile, nothing is going to be achieved by them. You can’t fight the Army”.
He said: “I don’t understand why people are coming out in huge numbers to disrupt our operations. Who is inciting them? If they want that the militants aren’t killed, they should go and tell them to come out without their weapons so that nobody is killed.”
“Let anyone of them say — mein le kay aata hun (I will bring him out). We will halt our operation. We can’t allow people to disrupt our operations and help terrorists to flee”.