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Army Chief General Bipin Rawat hints at extending unilateral Ramzan ceasefire in Kashmir, says Pakistan must end infiltration for peace

General Bipin Rawat said that people of Jammu and Kashmir seem to be happy with the ceasefire and therefore, continuing of non-initiation of combat operations can be considered.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Updated: May 25, 2018 23:01 IST ]
General Bipin Rawat, with 15 Corps Commander Lt General A K
Image Source : PTI

General Bipin Rawat, with 15 Corps Commander Lt General A K Bhatt, takes a round of Army Goodwill Public School, Lidru Pahalgam in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, on Friday.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday hinted that the unilateral ceasefire extended by the security forces against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir may be extended.

Talking to media persons in Pahalgam, General Bipin Rawat said that people of Jammu and Kashmir seem to be happy with the ceasefire and therefore, continuing of non-initiation of combat operations can be considered.

“We suspended the operations to give people an atmosphere of peace and I believe people are happy,” Gen Bipin Rawat said.

“If things continue in similar fashion, continuing of non-initiation of combat operations can be thought of. But if militant activities continue, we cannot do so,” he added.

The army chief asked Pakistan to stop militants from “infiltrating into Jammu and Kashmir”, if it wants peace in the region.

“We want peace on the borders, but as you know Pakistan continuously violates the ceasefire that causes loss of life and property. In such case, we have to retaliate. If Pakistan wants peace, we expect them to take the initiative—which can be to stop infiltration,” Gen Rawat said.

Watch video: Army Chief hints at extending unilateral Ramzan ceasefire in Kashmir

(With IANS inputs)

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