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SRINAGAR: Reacting over the statement of Army Chief Bipin Rawat talks with Taliban are in India’s interest, National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said that Government of India bats for talks with others around the world however is unwilling to look at engagement or political initiatives in Kashmir. Ina tweet, Omar said “We bat for talks with taliban, autonomy for Tibet & Tamil areas of Sri Lanka yet we are unwilling to look at engagement or political initiatives in J&K. Why is our policy all about “do as we say, don’t do as we do”? Engagement for Taliban, Operation All-Out for Kashmir”.

Speaking at Raisina Dialogue 2019, a multilateral conference on international policy matters, General Rawat also said that terrorism was a multi-headed monster that would exist as long as nations continued to sponsor it. “Terrorism is becoming a new form of warfare. A weaker nation is using terrorists as proxy to put pressure on another nation to come to terms with it,” he said. Rawat also said that there was a need to control social media as it was becoming a source of spreading radicalisation.

He said a different kind of “radicalisation was being witnessed in India and in Jammu and Kashmir, the youth were getting radicalised due to a lot of misinformation, disinformation, and a lot of falsehoods on religion being fed to them.” “That is why you find more and more educated youth being drawn into militancy,” he said.

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