Chief of Army Staff General BipinRawat has said the Balakot attack in February was to ensure that “militants being trained across the border do not survive to carry out action against India.”
Coordinated efforts are being made by various government agencies to tackle cross-border terrorism, he said. “Through the coordinated efforts of various government agencies, now the NIA has stepped in, the Enforcement Directorate has stepped in and all are trying to ensure financing and funds available to militants are cut off,” he said, responding to a question on Kashmir at a media interaction here.
He also said the situation there has been brought under control.
“The country has been facing terrorism since Independence and that security forces and all agencies supporting them have met these challenges head on. We have been able to ensure that the insurgency has been brought under control. Of course in the Kashmir Valley, we have been witnessing ups and downs of insurgencies. That’s because they got support from our western neighbour. At the same time many (people) are misguided due to a misinformation campaign spread by militants. But we have brought the situation under control,” he said. The Chief of Army staff was interacting with the media here yesterday after reviewing the passing-out parade of 264 trainees, comprising midshipmen and cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and 10 international cadets.