Army chief's remark on J&K govt schools 'inappropriate': CPM leader Tarigami


He further said that if India could overpower Pakistan through conventional engagement post-overt nuclearisation, it could have done that by now.

General Rawat, while addressing the media, said the schools in Jammu and Kashmir were teaching students with two maps - one of India and another of the state.

Rawat had also said that each classroom in government schools in J&K have a separate map of the state besides that of India, which sowed the seeds of thought of some kind of "separate identity" among the children.

Altaf Bukhari, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister, said, "Chief of the ARMY Staff (COAS) is not an educationist".

"The army chief is a respected officer". Every school in every state has two maps. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we can not cross the border because they have nuclear weapons.

Asked what Pakistan's response would be if India resorted to any such misadventure, Maj Gen Ghafoor said: "Should they [India] wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves".

"That's why they are targeting us through sub-conventional threat and state-sponsored terrorism", he said, adding, "But they have failed on this account as well".

"Separatism would not be anywhere" if army does its job well, he said.

Pakistan and India both claim Kashmir, and have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region, which they have disputed since partition and independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

A soldier was killed in firing by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Saturday, officials said.

He had also raised concern over "disinformation" being spread through social media, and through religious schools and mosques. "Education is education. People go to China to learn", the minister said.