Army Chief: Need to tackle both political and militant fronts of terror groups

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Army Chief Bipin Rawat addresses a press conference in New Delhi, Jan 12, 2018. PTI

File photo of Army Chief Bipin Rawat addresses a press conference in New Delhi, Jan 12, 2018. PTI

External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj asserted on Wednesday that terrorism is indisputably the mother of all disruptions. Swaraj’s message was for those who pursue terrorism as an instrument of convenience.

She said this during the plenary speech at the ongoing Raisina Dialogue 2018 in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.

Corresponding with the theme – Managing Disruptive Transitions, Swaraj stressed that terrorism is unarguably the mother of all disruptions. Swaraj also clarified that terrorism will not spare its originators and practitioners.

Swaraj also said the challenge of terrorism has become even more serious in the digital age that had a greater propensity to radicalisation.

“Our attitude towards terrorism has evolved over the last few decades…and the need to fight back has become more urgent,” said Swaraj.

Army chief General Bipin Rawat also addressed the gathering, and called for a united global effort to tackle the menace.

All terror outfits have a militant and a political front and to deal with the menace of terrorism, both need to be addressed simultaneously, the General said in his speech.

Strong curbs are put on the militant wing of terrorist organisations for their violent activities, but the political organisation of the outfits continues with its activities of indoctrination, spreading propaganda, generation of funds, including in the name of the NGOs, Rawat explained.

General Rawat also spoke about how terrorists were transcending international borders and using technology to further their means.

The Army chief also warned of the threat of biological chemical and nuclear weapon falling in the hands of terrorists. He said the situation could be disastrous.

He also called for a need to define terrorists in the international context.

International consensus needs to define terrorists, he said and added that anyone who used violence and caused disruption should be called terrorists.

(With inputs from agencies)