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Will Call Pakistan's Nuke Bluff If Tasked To Cross Border: Army Chief

13 January 2018
Will Call Pakistan's Nuke Bluff If Tasked To Cross Border: Army Chief

Social media and government schools in Jammu and Kashmir are spreading a "disinformation campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youths, army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Friday, and called for "some control" over mosques and madarsas in the state.

"Unless Pakistan Army feels the pain, it would continue to send terrorists who are disposable commodities for them".

Responding to US Ambassador Ken Juster's proposal for "reciprocal military liaison officers at each other's combatant commands" by the US and Indian armies, General Rawat said that the proposal is still being debated and considered.

Referring to the US' warnings to Pakistan over its handling of terrorism, Rawat said India will have to wait and see its impact. "We also need to build capacity to move forces from western sector to northern sectors".

Addressing the Annual press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15, Gen Rawat said, "You will be surprised that in the government schools of Kashmir, teachers are teaching something that should not be taught. We will defend it which is our charter", General Rawat said.

Doklam - a tract of land simultaneously claimed by Bhutan and China - was the site of a bitter stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops previous year. "We have to be prepared for that", Army Chief General Rawat said. "This year it will shift to North Kashmir's Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopire and Lolab and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there", General Rawat said.

He asked for a "wait-and-watch" approach on the impact of United States pressure on Pakistan, arguing that the U.S. also has its own compulsions vis-à-vis Pakistan.

To a question about Chinese incursions into India, he said, "We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone". Hiranyagarbha - the Terrabit Transport Cross Connect, a trusted network router & Army Air Defence Deployment Simulator System (A2D2S2) were also unveiled.

The Army Chief said a hotline will help resolve incidents such as transgressions along the border promptly. The issue was resolved diplomatically in November. "We have to look at what we require to fight the future wars", he said.