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