Balakot Attack Was To Ensure Terrorists Don’t Carry Out Action Against India: General Rawat

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Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has said the Balakot attack in February was to ensure that terrorists being trained across the border do not survive to carry out action against India.

Coordinated efforts are being made by various government agencies to tackle cross-border terrorism, he said.

“Through the coordinated efforts of various government agencies, now the NIA has stepped in, the Enforcement Directorate has stepped in and all are trying to ensure financing and funds available to terrorists are cut off,” he said, responding to a question on the insurgency in Kashmir at a media interaction.

He also said the situation there has been brought under control.

Rawat said the country has been facing terrorism since Independence and that security forces and all agencies supporting them have met these challenges head-on.

“We have been able to ensure that the insurgency has been brought under control. Of course in the Kashmir Valley, we have been witnessing ups and downs of insurgencies.

“That’s because they got support from our western neighbour. At the same time, many (people) are misguided due to a misinformation campaign spread by terrorists. But we have brought the situation under control,” he said.