New Delhi: Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that if Pakistan stops terrorism, the Army would also “be like Neeraj Chopra”, referring to the Asian Games javelin gold medallist’s gesture of reaching out to his Pakistani competitor.Also Read - Kerala Rains: Death Toll Rises to 23; PM Modi Discusses Situation With CM Vijayan | 10 Points

Rawat, while speaking at an event to felicitate Asian Games medallists from the Army, also said the situation in Kashmir improved in 2017 as compared to the year before and in 2018, it was improving further. Also Read - Bigg Boss 15: Vishal Kotian is Overshadowing Jay Bhanushali, Says Fans | India.com Twitter Poll

Asked if there was any “sportsmanship” on display at the Indo-Pak border, Rawat said, “They should make the first move, they should stop terrorism. If they stop terrorism, we will also be like Neeraj Chopra.” Also Read - IND vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Hints T20 World Cup Warm-Up Match: Captain, Vice-Captain – India vs England, Playing 11s For Today’s T20 Match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium 07:30 PM IST October 18, Monday

It was quite a moment at the Asian Games when Chopra stood flanked by a Chinese and a Pakistani on the podium.

The picture of Chopra shaking hands with Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who won bronze, on the podium went viral on social media.

Rawat said that contrary to the figures that keep coming up in the media that terrorism was rising, local youngsters getting radicalised and taking up arms were getting killed by the security forces or arrested or surrendering in 1-2 months.

“This action (by the security forces) will continue, but I can say with confidence that among youngsters and their families there is a belief that this is not the right path.

“I see in many places that the mothers have urged their sons to come back and if this action continues, I am confident that we will be able to solve the problem of terrorism. And slowly the youngsters that have become radicalised, will come home,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)