Govt ‘strategy’ worked, Kashmir talks being held from ‘position of strength’: Army chief

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that the government’s “strategy” on Kashmir had worked and it was “talking from a position of strength.”

He was reacting to the appointment of former intelligence bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma as the “representative” of Government of India for a “sustained dialogue” in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The appointment will not affect Army operations. The government’s strategy on Kashmir has worked. The government is talking from a position of strength,” Gen. Rawat was quoted as saying on the sidelines of a joint seminar by the Army and industry body FICCI.

He stated that the situation in Kashmir has improved and “infiltration has come down.”

Earlier, in the day, the Government of India formally notified the appointment of Sharma as its “representative” for Jammu and Kashmir.

Sharma, an old Kashmir hand in the country’s internal intelligence agency, will, as the “representative” of the government of India, “initiate and carry forward a dialogue with elected representatives, various organisations and concerned individuals in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”

On Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had announced the appointment of Sharma as the government’s representative for carrying forward a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, in order to understand the “legitimate aspirations” of people.

 

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