New Delhi:  Political initiative must go “hand-in-hand” with military operations in Jammu and Kashmir to bring peace, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said today, and favoured ramping up military offensive to pile up heat on Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism in the state.

General Rawat said the armed forces operating in the state cannot be “status quoist” and must evolve new strategies and tactics to deal with the situation, which he feels is “marginally” better since he took over a year ago.

In an interview to news agency PTI, the army chief asserted that there was room for ramping up heat on Pakistan to cut flow of cross border terror activities, clearly indicating that the army will continue its policy of hot pursuit in dealing with terrorism.

“The political initiative and all the other initiatives must go simultaneously hand-in-hand and only if all of us function in synergy, we can bring lasting peace in Kashmir. It has to be a politico-military…

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