To break the cycle of locals joining militancy, lets give peace a chance in the valley, says Indian Army Chief

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that peace should be given a chance in the valley in order to halt the cycle of local militant recruitment.

In a interview with the Economic Times, Rawat pointed out that that he was in the favour of ‘dialogue break the cycle of militant groups recruiting more Kashmiri youth.’

“Talks must happen. The issue is that a lot of locals are joining militancy. We kill them and more would join. Infiltration can be controlled, but this cycle of recruitment of local youth can go on and on. So…let’s give peace a chance and see,” he said.

Recently, Rawat had said that Kashmiri yout must realize the ‘Azaadi’ (Freedom) is not possible. 

“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”.

Earlier, Rawat had said that militancy has not given Kashmiris what they desire for.

“It has not given them what they desired for. You cannot cede away from India. People have realised that. Some have got radicalised… I feel most of them want to join the mainstream,” Rawat had said.

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