Terrorism here to stay, need to curb social media: Army chief

Srinagar: Without naming Pakistan, Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that that “terrorism was here to stay,” and there was a need to curb social media to stop radicalization.

He also said misinformation and falsehoods about religion are being used to radicalise young people in Jammu and Kashmir.

“That is why you find more and more educated youth being drawn into terrorism,” India Today quoted the Chief of Army Staff as saying at the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi.

He spoke of need to control social media as it was becoming a source of radicalisation.

The Indian  Today reported that General Rawat — without naming Pakistan – said “terrorism was here to stay as long as there were nations that continued to sponsor it as a state policy”.

“Terrorism is becoming a new form of warfare. A weaker nation is using terrorists as proxy to put pressure on another nation to come to terms with it,” Rawat said.

On the Afghan peace process, he said there should be negotiations with the Taliban, but without conditions.

He also said Pakistan had always kept the Taliban in its backyard and should be concerned about it.

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