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Army needs to stay in Kashmir, says army chief

New Delhi: Amidst tensions on the border with Pakistan, Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday rejected allegations that the Indian Army was not retaliating strongly during ceasefire violations by its South Asian neighbour. Speaking
India TV News Desk January 13, 2014 13:49 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Amidst tensions on the border with Pakistan, Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday rejected allegations that the Indian Army was not retaliating strongly during ceasefire violations by its South Asian neighbour.

Speaking to media at the annual press conference on the enhancement of combat power and operational readiness in the Indian Army, General Singh said that the Indian Army makes attempts to control the situation at the border and not escalate it.

He also said there is "zero tolerance" for human rights violations in the army.

"Armed forces need to stay on in Kashmir under the present circumstances," General Singh said at the annual press conference of the army.

"We should wait for conditions to improve before making changes to the national strategy regarding the army deployment in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

He added: "There is zero tolerance towards human rights violation... Our rules of engagement are based on those followed by a civilised society."

Asked about the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Gen Singh said: "The military viewpoint (on AFSPA) is that we have to wait for some time to monitor the situation. A decision will be taken only after that."