- Gen Rawat says his army to bury ‘infiltrators’ two-and-a-half feet under the ground
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday asked Pakistan to ‘desist from promoting cross-border terrorism,’ claiming that India has a range of retaliatory options like it showed through the cross-border surgical strikes a year ago, The Times of India newspaper reported.
“The Indian Army, with a strong counter-infiltration grid along the 778km Line of Control and robust counter-terrorism operations in the hinterland, is also ready to keep on welcoming infiltrating terrorists and burying them two-and-a-half feet under the ground,” the Indian paper quoted Gen Rawat as saying.
Speaking at a book launch here, the Indian army chief said that the ‘successful surgical strikes’ unleashed against ‘terror launch pads’ in Azad Jammu Kashmir by the Indian Special Forces on September 29 last year were intended to send a loud and clear message to Pakistan.
“The surgical strikes were a message we wanted to communicate. I think they have understood. If the adversary does not behave, and it is required, we can conduct such operations again. We can repeat them, if not in the same form and shape,” he said.
“India, as a ‘strong’ country, is capable of taking such decisions if and when required in keeping with its national security objectives,” he told the gathering. Asked about the upward trend in infiltration, he said that Pakistan’s army and its spy agencies would continue to push militants across the LoC to foment trouble in Indian-held Kashmir.
PAKISTAN REJECTS INDIAN CLAIMS: The Pakistan Army has rejected the Indian claims as an illusion being deliberately generated to create false effects. “This quest by Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross border fire as ‘surgical strike’ is fabrication of truth,” the Inter-Services Public Relations statement said shortly after the India claimed about the ‘strikes.’
Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi had said that India was trying to provoke crisis with Pakistan in an attempt to divert attention from the Kashmir issue. “India is doing this in the hope that it can divert attention and calm its domestic opinion because even India’s domestic opinion is questioning its role in Kashmir,” she said.