Indian army chief stokes flames of war with threat to occupy Azad Kashmir

India’s zest for war with Pakistan continues to endanger regional and global peace with the country’s army chief now threatening military action to occupy Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

In a statement validating Islamabad’s claims that New Delhi is avidly seeking a military confrontation, India’s Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the Indian army was ready to occupy AJK and was just waiting for a go-ahead from Narendra Modi’s government.

According to India Today, General Rawat said the next matter on the Indian army’s agenda was to take over AJK and “making it a part of India”.

“The government takes actions in such matters. The institutions of the country will work as per the orders of the government. The Army is always ready,” he said.

#WATCH Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat on Union Minister Jitendra Singh’s statement, “Next agenda is retrieving PoK & making it a part of India”: Govt takes action in such matters. Institutions of the country will work as per the orders of the govt. Army is always ready.

— ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2019

This is not the first time that the Indian army chief has threatened Pakistan over Kashmir.

In October last year – just months before the Pulwama bombing – General Rawat said the Indian army would take “other actions” to counter what he claimed was Islamabad’s support for cross-border aggression.

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However, the Indian army chief has clearly been unnerved by Pakistan’s strong reaction to India’s illegal August 5 move to revoke occupied Kashmir’s special status.

He has expressed fear over Pakistan’s strategy on information warfare and in a meeting with ex-military officers in New Delhi, General Rawat reportedly admitted that Pakistan has defeated India in hybrid warfare.

According to media reports, the Indian army chief also revealed incidents of ‘operational information’ leaks and warned former army officials to be careful in their use of social media.



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