Casualties in Kashmir don't matter to me, says Indian army chief

12:51 AM | 11 May, 2018
Casualties in Kashmir don't matter to me, says Indian army chief
NEW DELHI - Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has insinuated that the numbers of 'militants' killed in Indian-occupied Kashmir during gunbattles with the armed forces, don’t matter to him.

In an interview with Indian Express, the military general warned the youth of Kashmir not to confront the forces as 'freedom was not possible'.

The official admitted that the youth were angry but hastened to add that attacking security forces and throwing stones at them was not the way as nothing was going to be achieved by this.

He claimed that fresh recruitments were happening in the restive region, adding the security forces 'don’t enjoy' killing but if anyone wants to 'fight us then we will fight you with all our force'.

Drawing a comparison of Indian forces with others, Rawat declared that they were trying their level best to avoid any civilian casualty, showing concerns over people thronging sites of gunbattles.

“I don’t understand why people are coming out in huge numbers to disrupt our operations. Who is inciting them? If they want that the militants aren’t killed, they should go and tell them to come out without their weapons so that nobody is killed ... We will halt our operation. We can’t allow people to disrupt our operations and help terrorists to flee,” he said.

The military head admitted that the encounter of Hizb commander, Burhan Wani incited people after which 'everything was turned upside down in a few days’ time'.

He expressed concerns that someone was feeding the Kashmiris following which they were trying to attack the troops.

Announcing that he was ready to suspend military operations to avoid civilian casualties, the official wondered who will guarantee that there won’t be fire at army men and their vehicles.

Gen Bipin Rawat said there is no military solution to the Kashmir issue, urging politicians and political representatives to talk to people, especially in south Kashmir.

“But they are scared that they will be attacked. It will happen once there is calm. And we are hopeful that people will soon realise that all this is futile and start thinking differently,” he said.

The military chief revealed that the armed forces had deployed at least 500,000 troops in the occupied Kashmir and those who pick up guns were not a big challenge for the army.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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