Opposition should not politicise armed forces, says Prakash Javadekar

Javadekar statement came after General Rawat on Wednesday said hostile conduct of locals was causing higher casualties in the Kashmir Valley.

Opposition should not politicise armed forces, says Prakash Javadekar

In the row over Army chief Bipin Rawat's remarks, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday asked the opposition to "keep pace" with democracy and "not politicise" the armed forces.

"Opposition should not politicise everything. They have raised doubts on surgical strike which was never done before in history (of India). Now they are reacting and politicising an issue which they should not be doing. So I request them to keep pace with democracy and not politicise the military," he told news agency

Press Trust of India.

The union minister’s statement came after General Rawat on Wednesday said hostile conduct of locals was causing higher casualties in the Kashmir Valley and those attacking security forces during anti-militancy operations will be treated as “anti-nationals” and will face “tough action”.

Rawat's remark came after 3 soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting at Parray Mohalla of Bandipore in north Kashmir when they were about to launch an operation against militants holed up there.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also defended Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s statement on Thursday saying thatcountry’s interest is supreme and no need to misinterpret it.

“Whatever the Army Chief has said, he has said that in national interest. There is no need to misinterpret it. There is nothing wrong in the Army Chief’s statement,” Rijiju said.