Pahalgam, May 25: Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, who has been in Jammu and Kashmir to review security situation, on Friday said that Pakistan should stop infiltration to establish peace along the border. “We want peace at borders but as you know Pakistan continuously violates ceasefire that causes loss of life and property and in such a case we have to retaliate but if Pakistan wants peace, we expect them to take initiative, which will start with them stopping infiltration,” General Rawat said. Also Read - Army Day 2021: Who Was Field Marshal KM Cariappa? All About The 'Kipper' of Indian Army
Hinting that NICO (Non-Initiation of Combat Operations) could continue, Rawat said the operations were suspended to show people the atmosphere of peace. “We suspended operations to show people atmosphere of peace and I believe people are happy, if things continue in a similar way we can say that continuing of NICO (Non-Initiation of Combat Operations) can be thought of, but if terrorist activities continue we cannot do so,” the army chief said. Also Read - Army Day 2021: Motivational Quotes, Messages, And Wishes to Celebrate The Valiant Men And Women of Indian Army
It is to be noted that the Centre last week ordered to suspend the security operations against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified that the security forces “reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.” Ramzan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Also Read - Army Day 2021: Why is January 15 Celebrated As Army Day? History, Significance | All You Need to Know
General Rawat arrived Kashmir Valley on Thursday to review the prevailing security situation in the hinterland. The Army chief was accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen A K Bhatt. Rawat visited formation headquarters and units where he was briefed by the commanders on the ground about the operational preparedness. He was appreciative of the measures and standard operating procedures instituted by the units, and formations to meet the challenges posed by the inimical elements.
Commending the performance of the troops in the recent successful operations, the Army chief stressed the need to maintain the extra vigil to defeat the evil designs of hostile forces and assured his full support to further strengthen the security posture.