File photo: General Bipin Rawat. Photograph:( ANI )
"We used to meet without guns and if everything stays normal we will once again go back to having that relationship," General Bipin Rawat said.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday downplayed Pakistan ramping up troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370.
General Rawat said that India was prepared to deal with any provocation by Islamabad. "If the adversary wants to activate the LoC, that's his choice. Everybody does precautionary deployment, we should not get too concerned about it. As far as the Army and other services are concerned, we have to be always prepared," he said.
He further said that the Army is committed to maintain cordial relations with the general public in the Union Territory. "One should know how the Army and the common public used to live together in Jammu and Kashmir in the 70s and 80s. We used to meet without guns and if everything stays normal we will once again go back to having that relationship," news agency ANI quoted General Bipin Rawat.
Centre last week abolished Article 370 and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties and suspended bilateral trade with India in the wake of revocation of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, calling its steps in Jammu and Kashmir an 'entirely internal affair', India has rejected Pakistan's unilateral move to downgrade diplomatic ties and asked Islamabad to review the decision so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.
(With inputs from agencies)