We’ve to bring an end to terrorism: CDS General Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, on Thursday addressed speech at an event, Raisina Dialogue 2020, in Delhi. He said, “The war on terror is not ending, it is something which is going to continue, we will have to live with it, until we understand and get to the roots of terrorism.”

General Bipin Rawat was quoted by ANI as saying: “We’ve to bring an end to terrorism and that can only happen the way Americans started after 9/11, they said let’s go on a spree on global war on terror. To do that you have to isolate the terrorists,anybody who is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task.”

“Terrorism is here to stay so long as there are going to be states that are going to sponsor terrorism and they are going to use terrorists as proxies, make weapons available to them, make funding for them, then we can’t control terrorism,” he said. He added that “You have to come to a peace deal with everybody (in Afghanistan), if you’ve to come to a peace deal with them you’ve to go for negotiated peace. Taliban or whichever organisation is contemplating terror has to give up that weapon of terror, they must come to the political mainstream.”

CDS General Bipin Rawat said that “Any country which is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task. I feel one of the measures adopted is of blacklisting by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is one good measure. Diplomatic isolation, you have to do this.” While talking on CDS, General Bipin Rawat said that “CDS is the first among equals but he has got clear and well defined responsibilities. While he is the first among equals, he has some authority over the three service chiefs except on operational issues.”

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Also, Gareth Bayley, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director for South Asia, said “It is absolutely clear that terrorist groups are operating from within Pakistan. They pose a serious challenge to the govt of Pakistan and the South Asian region as well.” Furthermore, Bipin Rawat said that “I think the task is well cut out and we will be able to function within the firm framework which has been laid out for the CDS. I don’t visualize any problems. We’ve had meetings with the 3 chiefs and a lot of decisions have already been taken in past 15 days.”

-PTC News