‘Ridiculous’: Owaisi slams CDS General Bipin Rawat over his counter-radicalisation of youth in Kashmir remark

New Delhi: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat over his statement that programs aimed at counter-radicalisation of youth in Kashmir should be started for saving them. In a series of tweets, Owaisi said that this is ‘not the first ridiculous statement’ Rawat has made. Owaisi also questioned who will deradicalise “Badla” Yogi & “Pakistan jao” Meerut SP?

“Who’ll deradicalise lynchers & their political masters? What about those opposing citizenship for Assam’s Bengali Muslims? Maybe deradicalise “Badla” Yogi & “Pakistan jao” Meerut SP? Maybe deradicalise those imposing hardship on us through NPR-NRC?”

This is not the first ridiculous statement he has made. The policy is decided by a civilian administration, not by any General. By speaking on policy/politics, he is undermining civilian supremacy,” Owaisi said in another tweet.

During a panel discussion at the Raisina Dialogue 2020, Rawat had underlined the need to start counter-radicalisation programs while identifying who are the people to have been radicalised and to what degree.

“Then look at them who are completely radicalised and then look towards the future. What we are seeing in Kashmir, young boys and girls as young as 10 years old have been radicalised, but they can still be isolated from radicalisation in a gradual manner,” he had said. Rawat had also underlined Pakistan’s strategy to use terror as a proxy weapon against India and called for a US-like war on terror against ‘countries supporting terrorism’.