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Appointment of interlocutor will not impact Army operations in J&K: Rawat

The Centre has appointed Dinesh Sharma as its special representative for a 'sustained dialogue'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

General Bipin Rawat
Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat.

Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today said the appointment of an interlocutor to engage in dialogue with stakeholders in would not impact Army operations in the state.

The government, he said, was speaking from a "position of strength" on the Kashmir issue.

The government's existing policy on had helped in improving the overall situation in the state, he told reporters on the sidelines of a event here.

Asked whether the appointment of former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor would impact the Army's operations in the state, he said, "My one-word answer is no, it will not."

The on Monday appointed Sharma as its special representative for a "sustained dialogue" with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, in a fresh move aimed at bringing peace to the troubled state.

Responding to a question on whether Sharma's appointment meant that the tough policy on Kashmir was not working, he said, "I do not think so. What is in your mind is not correct. The policy of the has worked. The is speaking from a position of strength."

He said incidents of cross-border infiltration had come down and the overall situation in the state had improved significantly in the last few months.

"In January, you had asked me whether the situation has deteriorated in Kashmir, whether we have lost Kashmir. Now you analyse where is Kashmir?" he asked.

"We have killed terrorists on the Line of Control because of which the situation has improved.

First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 14:26 IST