Agencies, New Delhi
Indian Army will destroy all those military posts from where the Pakistani Army launches the terrorists into Kashmir, said Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday.
Interacting with mediapersons here ahead of Army Day, Gen Rawat said, “We target all those posts from where they launch terrorist. Terrorists are a disposable commodity in Pakistan and the Indian Army’s approach is to ensure that Pakistan felt the pain.”
On increased number of ceasefire violations and casualties, he said India was ready to retaliate against any threat and will continue the approach till it sees a decrease in violations.
“The casualties which Pakistan has suffered are three to four times more than we did. Pakistan is sending messages regularly to return to the ceasefire. We are ready, but we will continue till we see a decrease in ceasefire violation,” Gen Rawat said.
After death of terrorist Burhan Wani in 2016, the Army had kept its focus in South Kashmir area. But in 2018, it will shift its focus in North Kashmir, from where terrorists enter into the region.
“In 2017, our focus of the operations was in South Kashmir. This year it will shift its gaze to North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore, Lolab valley and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there,” he added.
On Pakistan laced with nuclear power, the Army Chief said, “If Pakistan raises a nuclear bogey, we will have to call their bluff.
We cannot say that we will not cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff.”
Acknowledging the suspension of military aid to Pakistan by the US, Gen Rawat averred it was premature to talk how much of an impact it would have on Pakistan. “It would be too premature to start saying that everything is going to be hunky-dory. Let’s not expect US to do what we are expected to do,” he added.
China is strong but India is not weak: Army Chief
New Delhi: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday acknowledged that China was a strong force in the South Asian region but India was not weak. Speaking at the Annual Press Conference of Indian Army Day here, Gen Rawat said, “China is a powerful nation but we are also not a weak nation either.
China is exerting pressure but we are prepared to deal with it. We will not allow our territory to be intruded or invaded. There are some vulnerable areas in the northern front but we are keeping our eyes and ears open.”
In an effort to maintain peace and tranquility at the border, the Army Chief suggested to further invigorate the diplomatic channels on with the Chinese administration.
He also suggested that support from other nations can be taken as part of these efforts. Further, Gen Rawat said that neighbours like Nepal, Srilanka, Afghanistan among others should not be allowed to drift away. However, he maintained that the military engagement with these nations was of great honour.
On being asked about the direct support of China to some terror outfits, he said, “As of now, we have not seen any direct support to terrorists from the Chinese. But they might be supporting psychologically by not recognizing Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.”
On guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC), he said, “Time has come now to focus on northern border. We have focused on the western border for two decades.”
On Tuting incident in Arunachal Pradesh, where Chinese civilians transgressed into Indian border to construct road in the region, Gen Rawat said, “The Chinese felt that they have ingressed into the Indian territory. We have a mechanism like Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) and resolved the issues.”