Chief of Defence Staff emphasizes on counter radicalization camps

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As per news source, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat feels that to save the youth programs to counter radicalisation should be started. He said that, young children of 10-12 years are being radicalised in Kashmir and there is need to isolate those completely radicalised and put them in deradicalisation camps. He also said that security forces cannot be blamed for injuries caused by pellet guns.


In a panel on countering terrorism at Raisina Dialogue organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation, Rawat said radicalisation can be countered by looking at where it is happening and who are behind it.


“What we saw in Kashmir, we saw radicalisation happening. Today we are seeing radicalisation being undertaken even amongst young people. Girls and boys as young as 10-12 are now being radicalised. These people can still be isolated from radicalisation in a gradual way, but there are people who have been completely radicalised. These people need to be taken out separately and possibly taken into some deradicalisaiton camps,” he said.


“We have deradicalisation camps going on in our country”, he added, in the first comments on such camps from the Army.


He also mentioned that radicalisation is taking place in schools, universities, religious places and sites. “First we need to get to the nerve of who is radicalising people… You can start isolating these people gradually and then start a counter-radicalisation programme by identifying people who have been radicalised, to what degree. We have got to segregate them in degrees and then look at those who are completely radicalised, first target them, but also looking at the future,” he said.


He said even Pakistan has such camps and they understand that some of “the terrorism they have been supporting, it is now hitting them back.”


He also added, “We can’t control terrorism” so long as there are states that “sponsor terrorism and they are going to use terrorists as proxies, make weapons available to them, provide funding for them.”


“We’ve to bring an end to terrorism and that can only happen the way Americans started after 9/11. They said let’s go on a global war on terror. To do that you have to isolate the terrorists. Anybody who is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task,” Gen. Rawat said, adding, “With Pakistan we are going for blacklisting under Financial Action Task Force (FATF). If not, then we have to go for decisive action.”   

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