Interlocuter's appointment not to affect army ops in Jammu and Kashmir: Bipin Rawat

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Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat
Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat

New Delhi : Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that anti-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir will continue as before even after the appointment of an interlocutor to resolve the long-standing issues in the Valley. 

“The appointment will not affect Army operations. The government’s strategy on Kashmir has worked. The government is talking from a position of strength,” Gen Rawat said speaking on the sidelines of a joint seminar by the Army and industry body FICCI.

He stated that the situation in Kashmir has improved and “infiltration has come down.”

Although, the army chief cautioned against 'Uri-like' attacks in near future. “Security of military installations in the hinterland is becoming a cause for concern. We keep getting reports of Uri like attacks well in depth,” he stated.

On Monday Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Government of India appointed former Intelligence Bureau head Dineshwar Sharma as New Delhi's representative to initiate a "sustained dialogue" with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.