Following the integration of Kashmir, Army chief General Bipin Rawat in a message to residents of J&K has categorically said that the Army is willing to meet the people 'without guns.'
Pertaining to the current climate of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, General Rawat assured that the Army is with the people and that they always shared good relations with them despite the tensions.
He said, "If the adversary wants to activate the LoC, that's his choice. Everybody does a 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."
"We are with people, we've always been with people. In the 70s and 80s, we had great relations with the people of Jammu and Kashmir despite the tensions. If this happens again, we will again meet them without guns. If things remain stable, it will be very good and we want this," he added.
On the eve of Eid al-Adha, restrictions were eased in the Valley to allow people to shop for the festival. Reports suggested that authorities even distributed sweets at various mosques and celebrated the festival with the locals on Monday.
The district administrations are constantly reviewing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and doing their best to minimise the inconvenience caused to people during the restrictions imposed on movement, the official said.
Republic TV on Thursday spoke exclusively and at length to Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, who gave an on-ground account of the current security situation in the Kashmir valley.
Commander KJS Dhillon said: "We army are the hamsayas. We celebrate together, we are training students - for medical colleges and engineering colleges. We have medical camps, vetinery camps, as also in the LOC during shelling - we have medical camps. We are humsayas - in far flung areas where govt can not reach, we reach and help. We live in harmony."