Terrorism will stay as long as there are states sponsoring it: Gen Rawat

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NEW DELHI: As long as there are states which keep supporting terrorism it will not come to an end, said Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, on Thursday.

“Terrorism is here to stay as long as there are states that sponsor terrorism and they are going to use terrorists as proxies, make weapons available to them, make funding for them, then we cannot control terrorism,” Rawat said during a panel discussion at the Raisina Dialogue, which focused on the tools the global community possesses to punish behaviour by states that have traditionally viewed “non-state actors” as a tool rather than a threat.

“The future of terrorism is going to be as dirty as conventional warfare. We might think of there would be a happy ending, but there won’t be. So if we think the war on terrorism is going to end, we are wrong,” he added.

He further said that in order to put an end to the terrorism around the globe, the isolation of those sponsoring terrorism was necessary.

“We have 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 the global war on terror. To do that you have to isolate the terrorists, anybody who is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task,” Rawat said.

“Blacklisting by the FATF is one good measure, you have to do diplomatic isolation. Denial of terrorism, saying that they are victims will not work,” he added.

Pellet guns

The security personnel “rarely” use pellet guns against stone-pelters in the Kashmir Valley where the forces have suffered casualties caused by stones, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said Thursday.

“There are young people, who have been radicalised, who are pelting stones which are as lethal as pellet guns. We have had severe casualties (in the forces), including death being caused because of stones. We cannot say that the security forces start using stones against stone pelters,” said Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday.

“We have now devised different ways to deal with it (stone-pelting) and pellet guns are now very sparingly used in the Valley,” he added.

The CDS also said the security personnel aim for the legs of stone-pelters who get hit on the face as they bend to pick up stones, and the forces cannot be blamed for it.

“Pellet guns are supposed to be a non-lethal weapon system. It is supposed to be fired below the leg. But I will show you the positions of the pelters, some are standing while others are picking up stones from the ground. In that phase when they are picking up stones, the security personnel is not aiming for the face, he is aiming for the leg, but it hits the face while he (pelter) is picking up the stone,” Rawat said. (ANI)