Talks in J&K not pos­si­ble as long as there amids vi­o­lence: Gen Rawat

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Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat on Thurs­day said talks with var­i­ous groups in Jammu and Kash­mir could not be pos­si­ble if there is vi­o­lence.

He said the sug­ges­tion of talks with the Tal­iban did not fit into the J&K sce­nario.

Gen Rawat was ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence here ahead of the Army Day on Jan­uary 15.

Talk­ing about Kash­mir, he said, "Come to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble, we can talk. But you have to shun the gun. Also, the con­di­tions laid down make it dif­fi­cult to hold talks.

He was an­swer­ing a ques­tion if talks in Kash­mir should be held with Hur­riyat since he (Gen Rawat) had sug­gested that In­dia should look at the talks with the Tal­iban.

On Wed­nes­day, speak­ing at the Raisina Di­a­logue, Gen Rawat had sug­gested that In­dia should be part of the talks with the Tal­iban.

He clar­i­fied that some na­tions were in favour of speak­ing to the Tal­iban. "If In­dia thinks it has stake in Afghanistan then we must step in. I am not say­ing we should take the lead. But at least, go and lis­ten to what is be­ing dis­cussed in Afghanistan."

The same did not ap­ply to J&K as it's a bi­lat­eral is­sue with our western neigh­bor, he added.

On the sit­u­a­tion in J&K, he said, "I am not say­ing it's to­tally un­der con­trol", adding that there was no change in the sit­u­a­tion at the LOC since Im­ran Khan had taken over.

"There is al­ways the en­deav­our to bring peace. We are only fa­cil­i­ta­tors of peace for the Val­ley. Peo­ple say let's tone down op­er­a­tions; can any­one give the guar­an­tee that no con­voy would be at­tacked in Kash­mir."

He said the sit­u­a­tion is fine on the western and north­ern fronts and there was no cause for con­cern.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion on changes in tack­ling China after the Wuhan sum­mit, Gen Rawat said, "We are main­tain­ing peace and tran­quil­lity of the kind that we wish."

On the pro­posed re­struc­tur­ing of the Army, he said that in mid-2019 the re­struc­tur­ing

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