Army chief General Bipin Rawat accuses Pakistan of 'reactivating' Balakot terror camp, blames Islamabad of ceasefire violations along LoC

Months after the terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot was bombed by Indian Air Force, Pakistan very recently 'reactivated' it, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Monday

Asian News International September 23, 2019 14:38:43 IST
Army chief General Bipin Rawat accuses Pakistan of 'reactivating' Balakot terror camp, blames Islamabad of ceasefire violations along LoC
  • Months after the terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot was bombed by Indian Air Force, Pakistan very recently 'reactivated' it, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Monday

  • 'Let me tell you, Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan very recently. Obviously that shows that Balakot was affected and damaged and destroyed. That is why people had got away from there,' Rawat said at a press conference

  • The Army Chief was responding to questions on whether there were new terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

Chennai: Months after the terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot was bombed by Indian Air Force, Pakistan very recently "reactivated" it, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Monday.

"Let me tell you, Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan very recently. Obviously that shows that Balakot was affected and damaged and destroyed. That is why people had got away from there," Rawat said at a press conference.

Army chief General Bipin Rawat accuses Pakistan of reactivating Balakot terror camp blames Islamabad of ceasefire violations along LoC

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat at a press conference in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. ANI

The Army Chief was responding to questions on whether there were new terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"It highlights that some action had been taken by the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Balakot and now they have got the people back there," he said.

On 27 February this year, IAF fighters flew deep into Pakistan to bomb a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror facility at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The action came after the 14 February suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, which killed over 40 CRPF personnel. Since then tensions between India and Pakistan had escalated.

The Army Chief also responded to questions on ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Rawat said that Pakistan violates ceasefire in order to push terrorists into India.

"We know how to deal with ceasefire violations. Our troops know how to position themselves and take action. We are alert and will ensure that maximum infiltration bids are foiled," he said.
On being asked whether there is communication breakdown in the valley, the Army Chief said, "There is a communication breakdown between terrorists in the Kashmir Valley and their handlers in Pakistan but there is no communication breakdown amongst people. All the telephones lines have been opened up."

The Army Chief also spoke about Islam saying, "I feel the interpretation of Islam by some elements who possibly want to create disruption is being fed to a large number of people. It is not that the religion is bad but the manner in which it is interpreted for whatever reasons, it is affecting people who listen and get carried away and swayed by such messages."

"I think it is important we have preachers who convey the correct meaning of Islam in whatever form it was written by those who wanted Islam to be preached in a proper manner," he added.

Highlighting the importance of securing the country's borders, Rawat said that every nation has to secure its borders. "We have unsettled borders along the northern front and partially unsettled border along the western front. We have to be all the more alert to ensure that no intrusion takes place along the border," he said.

"We also know that there is state-sponsored terrorism which is being sponsored by our western neighbour and terrorists do come in from that side to create violence in our territory particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. Not that the other states are devoid of terror, it is because of our intelligence agency that we are able to pick up the signs and foil a lot of incidents of violence," he said.

"It is also important to incorporate technology while guarding the border. So the emphasis is now being given on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance called ISR," he added.

Updated Date:

also read

'Afghanistan's key Taliban leaders studied at Pakistan madrassa'
World

'Afghanistan's key Taliban leaders studied at Pakistan madrassa'

Pakistan has long had an uneasy relationship with madrassas like Haqqania. Leaders who once saw the seminaries as a way to influence events in Afghanistan now see them as a source of conflict within Pakistan

Lynched Sri Lankan's nearly all bones broken, 99% body burnt: Pakistan report
World

Lynched Sri Lankan's nearly all bones broken, 99% body burnt: Pakistan report

Angry supporters of the hardline Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) attacked a garment factory on Friday and lynched its general manager Diyawadana, who was in his 40s, before setting his body on fire over allegations of blasphemy

Pakistan minister defends mob lynching, says 'even murders take place' when youth get emotional
World

Pakistan minister defends mob lynching, says 'even murders take place' when youth get emotional

Defence minister Pervez Khattak said boys entering adulthood are 'ready to do anything' and learn with age how to control their emotions