Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army and current Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry General VK Singh called out new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, saying he was 'propped up by the Pakistan Army'.
On being asked about infiltration continuing unabated in Jammu and Kashmir despite a new government coming into power in Pakistan, General VK Singh first asked, "Did you expect a change?"
After a brief pause, he continued, "I don't know... after all, if a person is propped up by the Army, the Army still rules."
The MoS' remarks come in light of widely-held beliefs from the time of the recent Pakistan elections that it was the Army that had aided Imran Khan's PTI party emerging as the biggest in the country, and also, the year-long fall from grace -- from Pak PM to being disallowed from public office to imprisonment on charges of corruption -- of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.
MoS General VK Singh continued, "Let us wait and watch how things move. Whether a person remains under Army's control or doesn't."
The former COAS also spoke about India's policy vis-a-vis Pakistan, which continues to seek dialogue, especially over Kashmir, and also, since Imran Khan's first celebratory press conference after the elections, for trade.
General VK Singh said, "I think our policy is very clear. Dialogue will happen provided the environment is made conducive for it." India has long maintained that talks can't held while Pakistan continues to perpetrate cross-border terrorism from its soil.
Since coming into power, Imran Khan has attempted to change the narrative, both inside and outside Pakistan. Led by its new foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan has spoken eagerly about talks with India and also attempted to block out all warnings made to it regarding its inaction on terror, specifically, the interactions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who was the one to congratulate Imran Khan on becoming Prime Minister (rather than US President Donald Trump) and also visited Pakistan, held talks with Qureshi, and told Pakistan to do more against terrorist elements on its soil.