Clashes have erupted in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar just days after the warning of army chief Bipin Rawat. The protests broke out after the Friday prayers as the youngsters waved the ISIS flags. This incident took place near Jama Masjid in Srinagar after the prayers were over and people were captured raising Pakistan’s flag and also pelted stones.
Yesterday, an Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The incident was condemned at the international level including United Nations and the United States. Since the clashes in Jammu and Kashmir took place just one day after the attack, it is a big concern of the Indian government.
While giving an interview on Wednesday, army chief Bipin Rawat said, “Those who obstruct our operations during encounters and are not supportive will be treated as overground workers of terrorists.” He gave these remarks after paying tribute to the army jawans who martyred in an encounter with terrorists in J&K on Tuesday. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid homage the soldiers, including a Major, who were martyred in two separate encounters.
This statement didn’t go well with the other political parties who criticised Bipin Rawat for having the same stand against everyone. However, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has come in support of army chief General Bipin Rawat and said that his recent warning to stone pelters in Kashmir was justified. Speaking to ‘India Today’ he said that not all Kashmiris are terrorists and locals were never treated as jihadis.