To stay with India, Pakistan must become secular state: Army chief

Indian army chief

NEW DELHI: Two days after the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that Pakistan cannot stay together with India as long as it is an “Islamic state” and that an opportunity may arise if Pakistan is “ready to become a secular state”, Indian media reported on Saturday.
Asked about Khan’s statement in Kartarpur Wednesday that if Germany and France who fought several wars can live in peace, why not India and Pakistan, Gen Rawat said: “For this idea of countries coming together, Pakistan will have to first look at their own internal situation. Pakistan has made itself into an Islamic state. If they have to stay together with India, they will have to become a secular state. We are a secular state. How can we stay together when they say they are an Islamic state and there is no role for anyone else? If they are ready to become a secular like us, I think there can be an opportunity.”– Agencies


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