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Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat hints at continuation of ceasefire in valley

Bipin Rawat, the Indian Army chief on Friday said that the Ramzan ceasefire could be extended, however he added that if militant activities continued, it wont happen.

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

“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 said that if Pakistan wants peace in the region, it should stop militants from “infiltrating into Jammu and Kashmir.”

“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 told the media on the sidelines of a function in Pahalgam.

Earlier, Rawat had said that if Major Gogoi, who was briefly apprehended by the police with a girl at a Srinagar hotel, is found guilty, exemplary punishment will be awarded to him.

“If any officer of the Indian army is found guilty of any offence, we will take strictest possible action,” Rawat told reporters at Pahalgham while on a visit to the Army Goodwill School.

He added, “If Major Gogoi has done something wrong, I assure you that he will be awarded punishment at the earliest…the punishment will set an example,” the army chief said.


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