Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday asserted that to bring the peace in Kashmir political and military operations must go hand in hand.
Media outlet Indian Express quoted the Bipin Rawat saying “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 Kashmir. It has to be a politico-military approach that we have to adopt.”
Earlier Rawat, in his annual press conference held on the eve of Army Day, had also mentioned that the focus will now be shifted to North Kashmir from South Kashmir in the New Year.
Indian express also reported the Rawat saying “When the government appointed an interlocutor, it is for that purpose. He is the government’s representative to reach out to the people of Kashmir and see what their grievances are so that those can then be addressed at a political level.”