Backlash to Army Chief’s statement: NC, Congress behaving like separatists, says MoS PMO

KL News Network

Srinagar

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh on Friday accused the Congress and the National Conference of behaving like separatists for criticising Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s warning to protesters who try to rescue militants from shootout sites in Kashmir.

“The same political party, for example like the National Conference, is talking like this which as a part of the UPA was the one which even went to the extent of demanding bombardment of the terror camps in Pakistan,” Jitendra Singh told the media.

General Rawat had issued a warning to Kashmir stone-pelters for interfering during anti-militancy operations saying that they will be treated as anti-nationals. A dangerous trend has emerged in the valley where youth carrying Islamist flags and stones flock to shootout sites during gun fights to help militants flee.

Jitendra Singh said the Congress statement was unfortunate and similar to that of Kashmiri separatists who have slammed the army chief’s threat to stone-pelters in Kashmir.

“When they (the Congress and the National Conference) are in power, they swear by India and Kashmir as an integral part of India. The moment they are shunted out of power, they overnight become wiser and question the role of the army in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Minister said.

“The Congress is also falling for the same separatist and semi-separatist jargon for short term electoral gains.”

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