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Based On Pakistan's Actions, Doesn't Appear They Want Peace: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat

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| December 22 , 2017 , 16:57 IST

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, known for his fiery statements, reiterated the Ministry of External Affairs viewpoint that talks with Pakistan can proceed only when it stops supporting terrorists, adding that based on Pakistan's actions it doesn't appear they really want peace.

Close to the India-Pakistan border on the western sector to witness the 'Hamesha Vijayee' exercise conducted by the Southern Command in Thar desert, Rawat said Pakistan should stop supporting terrorists.

"Only then can we say that peace talks should take place," he said to media in the exercise area near Barmer.

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"We also want relations should be better but given what kind of actions there are (from their side) and terrorism is spreading in Jammu and Kashmir, it doesn't appear that they really want peace," the Army chief said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army, paramilitary forces and Jammu and Kashmir police force that have been taking action against militants in Jammu and Kashmir successfully will continue to do so, General Rawat added.

Recently, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said that India would like good relations with Pakistan the neighbouring nation takes action against terror groups.

"It is important for Pakistan to understand our core concern, which is terrorism. We have time and again asked them to take action against terrorists who are operating from their soil. This is something they (Pakistan) will have to handle if they are serious in cultivating this friendship," Kumar said.

Apart from India, other nations have also called upon Pakistan to stop providing safe havens to terrorists, with US going so far as to say that their bilateral ties will be based upon the action Pakistan takes against terrorism havens on their soil.