At the Army Commanders' Conference that started today, General Bipin Rawat assured the army that he would fully back the troops on ground and keeping their morale high was his first priority. The Army top brass was also of the view that the priority of the forces is to maintain peace in the Valley but it would not compromise on safety and security of troops.
The Army commanders also mulled ways of strengthening vigil in the Kashmir Valley to plug the infiltration of terrorists crossing the LoC as inputs have been received that there would be concerted attempts by the ISI to push more terrorists, to add to the troubled atmosphere there.
The Army Chief also emphasised that all systems were working well and complimented all those working on the ground. He observed that the Indian Army continues to hold a strong image and a professional reputation. He exhorted all ranks to endeavour to further strengthen the system.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley also stated that stone-pelters had changed the narrative in Kashmir Valley and they were getting help from across the border. Jaitley told the officers that 'whenever the challenges multiply or their nature changes, Indian Army has always outperformed itself'.
During the recently held by-polls, the Army intelligence agencies had forewarned that ISI will use stone-pelters to step up attacks on the troops and polling process to disrupt electioneering. NSA Ajit Doval has also backed the Army on ground for carrying out operations against the stone-pelters, who have become a bigger menace for maintaining law and order in the state.