Army Chief Humiliated By J&K Minister


Srinagar: Army should not interfere in education sector, Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said, reacting to the statement of Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat that students in Jammu and Kashmir schools were being taught two maps.

The Army should not meddle with the education sector and rather concentrate on their own job, Mr Bukhari told journalists on the sideline of a function here.

The Minister’s reaction came a day after General Rawat said teachers in Jammu and Kashmir schools were teaching two maps to the students — India and Jammu and Kashmir.

Without naming anyone, the Minister said the people who are giving comments on how they should run education sector were not doing their job properly and that is why they were suffering.

Expressing displeasure over Gen Rawat’s comment, Mr Bukhari said everyone was passing comments on education sector which was not acceptable. He said there was a need for opening more schools like army-run Goodwill Schools and CBSE-funded schools in the Valley.

Talking about terror in the state, he said in 2017, the focus was on south Kashmir, and this year, the northern part of the Valley will be targeted.”Terror in Jammu and Kashmir is not over,” he added.