Army Chief Bipin Rawat in Srinagar: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is in Srinagar, according to Times Now report. Rawat will chair a key meet during which he will interact with top commanders today, the report says. The main purpose of Rawat’s visit is to review the security situation and operational preparedness of the armed forces posted in Kashmir and along the Line of Control, an Army official told PTI. The official said that the Chief of Army Staff was briefed by Corps Commander and other top officers about the situation in the Valley, especially after killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat. He will also be briefed about the situation along the LoC in the wake of reports of activity at infiltration launch pads on the other side of it, the official added.
The crucial meeting comes even as two terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore. The encounter began in Natipora area of Sopore at around 3:30 am after police received information about the presence a few terrorists. Two terrorists opened fire on security forces after they had launched searches. In another incident, Pakistan on Thursday violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, Indian troops have retaliated and were giving befitting reply.
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A few days earlier, Rawat said that the Indian Army is facing a dirty war in Jammu and Kashmir. The war has to be fought through innovative ways, he told PTI. Rawat also had firmly backed Major Leetul Gogoi who used of a Kashmiri as a human shield, the agency report said.
Rawat said the prime objective of awarding Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, when a Court of Inquiry was finalising its probe into the incident, was to boost the morale of young officers of the force who are operating in a very difficult environment in the Jammu and Kashmir. “This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war… That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations,” Rawat had said.
Meanwhile, Rawat, who was on a four-day visit to Myanmar, had met the country’s iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Army chief held talks with the top military leadership to boost defence and security cooperation between the two countries.