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Pakistan Need To Develop As A Secular State, To Stay Together With India : Army Chief Bipin Rawat

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| November 30 , 2018 , 13:08 IST

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat reacted to the statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that if France and Germany can stay together why not India and Pakistan, he said that for Pakistan to stay together with India, it will first have to become a secular state.

Army Chief made the statement while interacting with the media on the sidelines of the Passing Out Parade of 135th course of National Defence Academy in Pune, on Friday morning. He pointed out that Pakistan is an Islamic State and their hostility towards minorities goes against them as a tolerant, secular nation.

He said, “For this idea of countries coming together, Pakistan will have to look at their own internal situation. Pakistan has made itself into an Islamic State. If they have to stay together with India, they will have to become a secular state. We are a secular state. How can we stay together, when they say they are an Islamic State and there is no role for anyone else.”

The Army Chief further said that the constant promises by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on fighting terror flopped as solid attempts have not been made from across the border to deal with terrorism.

In Pune, Rawat also spoke about the role of women in defence forces. The Army chief said they are exploring if women can be given permanent commission. “In some fields where we need permanency and male officers in a command-oriented Army don’t fit everywhere. Keeping women officers in fields like language interpreter, military diplomacy will be beneficial,” he said