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Scope to ramp up heat on Pak for cross-border terror:Gen Rawat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Political initiative must go "hand-in-hand" with military operations in to bring peace, Gen said today, and favoured ramping up military offensive to pile up heat on to stop cross-border in the state. Gen said the armed forces operating in the state cannot be "status quoist" and must evolve new strategies and tactics to deal with the situation, which he feels is "marginally" better since he took over a year ago. In an interview to PTI, the asserted that there was room for ramping up heat on to cut flow of cross border terror activities, clearly indicating that the will continue its policy of hot pursuit in dealing with militancy. "The political initiative and all the other initiatives must go simultaneously hand-in-hand and only if all of us function in synergy, we can bring lasting peace in It has to be a politico-military approach that we have to adopt," the said. In October, the government had appointed former as its special for a "sustained dialogue" with all stakeholders in J-K. "When the government appointed an interlocutor, it is with that purpose. He is the government's to reach out to the people of and see what their grievances are so that those can then be addressed at a political level," the said. Asked whether there is room for ramping up pressure on to force it to stop sending terrorists to the state, he said, "Yes, you cannot be status quoist. You have to continuously think and keep moving forward. You have to keep changing your doctrines and concept and the manner in which you operate in such areas." Gen said the will have to evolve new strategies and new tactics to deal with the situation.

At the same time, he said an overall approach was required to deal with the issue. Since beginning of last year, the pursued an aggressive anti-terror policy in and, at the same time, forcefully responded to all ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control with a tit-for-tat approach. "Military is only part of the mechanism to resolve the issue. Our charter is to ensure that the terrorists who are creating violence in the state are taken to task and those who have been radicalised and are increasingly moving towards are prevented from doing so," he said. Gen said some youths continue to be radicalised and are joining militancy. The has been trying to maintain pressure on terror groups, he said. The Army's aim is to ensure that it continues to maintain the pressure on the terrorists and those fomenting trouble there, Gen said. "But at the same time, we have to also reach out to the people," he said. Asked whether the situation in has improved since he has taken over as the a year ago, Gen said, "I am only seeing a marginal change in situation for the better. "I do not think it is time to become over confident and start assuming that the situation has been brought under control because infiltration from across the borders will continue." The LoC has remained volatile in the last year. According to official figures, 860 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were reported in 2017 as against 221 the year before. has also been effectively retaliating to Pakistani firing and even crossed the LoC to punish Pakistani troops on several occasions as part of tactical operations.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 16:20 IST