Published On: Wed, Feb 15th, 2017

Those who display ISIS, Pak flags will be treated as anti-nationals: Army chief

New Delhi: Issuing a strong warning to those who back terrorists during counter-insurgency operations, Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that such elements would dealt with sternly .

General Rawat also said that those extending support to the terror organisation won’t be spared

“Those who obstruct our operations during encounters and aren’t supportive will be treated as overground workers of terrorists,” the Army chief said while paying tributes to the martyred soldiers in the national capital.

General Rawat also said that those extending support to the terror organisation won’t be spared.

“If locals who want to continue with terror by displaying flags of ISIS and Pakistan then we’ll treat them as anti-nationals.”

He said that the Army does not wants such youths to be killed and requested their parents to pursuade their children to return into the mainstream. “I request such elements to return to the mainstream else be prepared to face the consequences if not today then tommorow,” said the Army chief

This comes in wake of the growing trend of locals disrupting counter-insurgency operations and providing cover to terrorists during encounters in the Kashmir valley.

It may be mentioned here that on Tuesday, a Pakistani terrorists (Abu Dujana) associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba managed to escape in a similar circumstance even though another one was killed during a gunfight at Hajjin area of Bandipora district in north Kashmir in which three army personnel were martyred.

Apart from the three martyred soldiers, a Major, Satish Dahiya was also martyred in a separate encounter on Tuesday evening in Handwara areas.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday paid tributes to the jawans martyred in two encounters with militants yesterday in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

The PM laid wreaths on the bodies of the soldiers at the Palam Airport here where the mortal remains were brought today.

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