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New Delhi: The Indian Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh asserted that India gave a befitting reply to the ceaseless firing and infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at the 68th Army Day parade today, General Singh said, “the continuing cross-border firing and infiltration bids have kept the Line of Control active. You (Army) have given a befitting reply to the enemy at the border”.

The General further claimed that “vigilance” along the “border and other difficult areas”, has brought down infiltration.

“We have also caught large number of terrorists in surgical operations and killed many of their key leaders. We have also recovered large quantity of explosives,” he mentioned.

The Army chief said the operations were done “maintaining the human rights standards”.

The general added that despite the counter-infiltration and counter-terrorist operations, the Indian Army has taken care of its primary role and is always ready to face any challenge.

Talking about China, General Singh said India wants “constructive engagement” and the understanding between armies on both sides has improved.

“On the northern front, India wants constructive engagement with China. Both sides are adopting confidence-building measures to reduce tension at the border.”

He, however, added that infiltration continues in the “disputed areas” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and patrolling continues from our side.

“However there is improvement in the understanding between the two armies,” he said.

The Army Day is celebrated on January 15, every year to commemorate the day when Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 1949. He took over the position from General Sir Francis Butcher.

Along with General Singh, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan were also present at the parade, along with other senior Army officers and delegates from different countries.

The Army Chief also inspected a parade, which showcased marching contingents including the Dog Contingent of Indian Army.

Mechanised columns on display included T-90 tanks, Brahmos missiles, and Aakash missile systems.

The parade was followed by a display by motorcycle team of the Indian Army, and a combat drill that brought alive a surgical operation.(IANS)

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  • Union minister Rajnath Singh said that Kashmir is India’s
  • He said he’ll cross borders if he has to
  • He also praised Indian army for their services towards the nation

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be forced can cross the border to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us,” Rajnath Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit.

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He praised the Indian Army for its valour to secure the country and warned Pakistan, saying “we not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.”

He said India wanted good ties with Pakistan, provided it stopped aiding terrorists.

“Now the US is condemning Pakistan. I don’t know what happened to Pakistan. We want good relations with Pakistan but it has refused to accept our offer of friendship.

“Pakistan is giving legitimacy to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest in elections.”

The Minister said the government was keen on finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and was open to speak to anyone.

To resolve the Kashmir issue, Rajnath Singh said, the government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, is moving forward and has invited people from all sections for talks.

Kashmir is ours and ours only, says Rajnath.

He said Kashmir’s children were like his own and would not allow anyone brainwash them into radicalisation.

“I want to tell those who are trying to teach jihad to innocent Kashmiri youths that they should first learn the real concept of jihad in Islam.”

The Minister said he had personally asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone-pelters.

Earlier in 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders.

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“We have forgiven first-time stone-pelters. They might have been influenced by others. They are young. We need to give them a second chance,” he said.

The Home Minister said the government never differentiated between the children in Kashmir and those in the other parts of the country.

On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board. Rajnath Singh also highlighted the government’s efforts in dealing with Maoists.

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“The battle against Naxals can’t be won through bullets. We are taking several developmental initiatives in this direction. We are trying to reach those areas which have remained unreachable since independence.

“Naxalism was a huge problem for India but in the last four years we have now achieved major success in that space.”