Former Indian Commander says ‘No military solution to Kashmir issue’

Former Commander of the Indian Northern Command has conceded that the Kashmir issue has no military solution to it, and that it can only be solved through bilateral talks.

“If we say that the Kashmir issue has a martial solution, it will be false. The issue is an internal and multifaceted issue,” said Lieutenant General (R) DS Hoda in an interview to BBC Urdu.

The General also spoke of the popularity Pakistan enjoys in the occupied Valley. “There is a lot of support for Pakistan too. The Indian army’s role is to bring the security situation at a level that encourages political activity within the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Indian Army after the Uri attack in September 2016 had claimed to enter Pakistan and destroy a militant base camp within the Azad Kashmir region of the country. The so-called ‘surgical strikes’ were directed by General Hoda, who at the time was the commander of the northern army.

Pakistan denied any such claims regarding the surgical strikes.

While discussing the surgical strikes and the Kashmir issue in detail, General Hoda said, “After detailed consultations prior to the strikes we concluded that an all-out war with Pakistan cannot be triggered, and so we decided to execute our plan and take some risk.”

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