Dehradun, June 10: After attending the passing out parade held at Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, army chief General Bipin Rawat while answering a question on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir claimed that the youth in the valley are being instigated through a campaign of misinformation on social media. General Bipin Rawat asked the newly commissioned officers to remain prepared to face the traditional and nontraditional security challenges in the country.
He said, "Youth in Kashmir are being instigated by a misinformation campaign on social media." General Rawat further said, "Pakistan is spreading disinformation among the youth of Kashmir with doctored videos and messages. This is further supported by some of the people in the Valley who spread it and glamorise the young boys who have joined terrorist organisations."
The army chief also announced that combat roles for women would be open soon. "Firstly, we will start with women as military police jawans, will take next step after success," General Rawat added. Rawat said, "Because many times during Army operations we have to deal with the public face to face, and many times women are right there in front of us." He, however, said that the situation in Kashmir has been improved.
Notably, 490 cadets who passed out today include 67 cadets from friendly countries. However, Uttar Pradesh accounts for the highest number of cadets with a figure of 74, Haryana with 49, 40 from Uttarakhand, Rajasthan (30), Bihar (28) and Delhi with 23. The coveted award of Sword of Honour was presented to Avinash Chettri.