New Delhi, January 16: Indirectly attacking Pakistan, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that terrorism will not end as long as there are countries which provide funding to it. General Rawat said at Raisina Dialogue on Thursday, “The future of terrorism is going to be as dirty as conventional combat. Terrorism is here to stay, so long as there are states who are sponsoring it."

He further stressed that the war on terrorism is here to stay and we must understand and get to the roots of terrorism. General Rawat said, "Any country which is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task. I feel one of the measures adopted is of blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is one good measure. Diplomatic isolation, you have to do this." Department of Military Affairs Headed by CDS General Bipin Rawat to Have 2 Joint Secretaries, 13 Deputy Secretaries and 22 Under Secretaries.

This is not for Pakistan, but for all the countries which are doing this,” he added. General Rawat also said that the countries need to accept that yes, they are sponsors of terrorism. “To say that they are not denying it and that they themselves are the victims of terrorism cannot go on forever.”

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He further suggested that in order to bring an end to terrorism, it can only happen the way Americans started after 9/11. "They said let's go on a spree on the global war on terror. To do that you have to isolate the terrorists, anybody who is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task," General Rawat added.

Talking about his new role, General Bipin Rawat said that CDS is the first among equals but he has got clear and well-defined responsibilities. "While he is the first among equals, he has some authority over the three service chiefs except on operational issues. The task is well cut out and we will be able to function within the firm framework which has been laid out for the CDS. I don't visualize any problems. We've had meetings with the 3 chiefs and a lot of decisions have already been taken in the past 15 days.

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