All stone-throwing groups in Kashmir have Pakistani numbers: Lt Gen AK Bhatt

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The Indian Army’s Kashmir chief Lt, Gen A K Bhatt has said that all stone-throwing groups in Kashmir have Pakistani numbers and that elements based in Pakistan  are instigating the Kashmiri youth.

The General Officer Commanding (GoC), 15 Corps, Lt Gen Bhatt made the remarks during an interview with the Indian Expresss.

Bhatt also said that  military can only have a limited role, with solutions critical for resolving the larger Kashmir issue lying in the realm of politics — good governance, and political engagement as witnessed during the Vajpayee years.

While admitting the challenge posed by social media in the Valley, Bhat said that it was being used to radicalise youth as well as to mobilise crowds to sites of counter-terror operations. “Social media is the biggest concern for me. This, which is a privilege we have in a democratic nation… why I am calling it a privilege in a democratic nation… you see how China handles it, how other countries handle it and have tight control over social media. Here, social media is entirely free. And the freedom has resulted in this being used very actively by our adversaries.” Creating an “indigenous social media platform” could be the solution, according to Bhatt.

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