Army chief Bipin Rawat’s remarks—“Azadi is not possible, you cannot fight us”—have been sharply criticised by mainstream politicians in Kashmir.
Army chief’s remarks are threatening and will create further alienation. I agree with his statement partly that there isn’t a military solution to Kashmir issue and it should be resolved politically. Political parties in New Delhi should have reacted to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement in which she called for announcing a truce during Ramadhan and Amarnath Yatra. I think the remarks by the army chief have sent a wrong signal. Referring to what is being done to militants in Syria or Pakistan is a threat against people of Kashmir. The army itself has conceded that the number of militants can be counted on finger tips. All Kashmiris are not militants. We are peace loving people and want resolution of this political (Kashmir) issue politically.Army chief’s remarks have made it clear that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s claims and assurances have no reach and they remain within the limits of meetings and public gatherings. Army chief is the part of policy making in the Government of India. His statement shows how helpless the J&K chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is. The rift between her statements and the statements of her alliance partner shows she is helpless and only receiving wages as an employee. Her claim that she allied with the BJP for peace and development of the state have proved a big lie.