1. Army Chief Bipin Rawat warns Pakistan, China, says India fully ready for two-and-a-half front war

Army Chief Bipin Rawat warns Pakistan, China, says India fully ready for two-and-a-half front war

Army Chief Bipin Rawat sent a tough message to Pakistan, China and trouble mongers within the country, by saying that India is simultaneously fully ready for two-and-a-half front war (China, Pakistan and he also included in his statement internal security requirements).

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 1:23 PM
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Army Chief Bipin Rawat sent a tough message to Pakistan, China and trouble mongers within the country, by saying that India is simultaneously fully ready for two-and-a-half front war (China, Pakistan and he also included in his statement internal security requirements). He was speaking at a time when cross-border infiltration has increased from across the line of control (LoC) and the armed forces are grappling with encounters on a daily basis. Just today, security forces killed as many as 2 terrorists even as a jawan was martyred. Army chief also said that the neighbouring country was spreading lies about the situation on the ground. He said, “Pakistan generated social media propaganda is spreading disinformation among youth of Kashmir.” Sending a positive message of the situation getting better, the Army chief added, “Condition in Kashmir will improve soon.”

On upgrading equipment of the armed forces, Army chief indicated that the security forces are always at the optimum condition of readiness. He said, “We keep raising our modernization issues with government, and it is going well. We as the army maintain a balance, obsolete (30%), obsolescence (40%) and modern equipment (30%).”

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Further, Rawat talked about ways to defuse the situation at the border and said, “There are effective mechanisms available to defuse an adverse situation.” He added, “Even PM has stated that for last forty years not even a single bullet has been fired on Indo-China border,” as told to ANI news agency.

Earlier in the week on June 3, Army Chief Bipin Rawat had paid his tribute to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in an attack on the Army convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Qazigund area. He had said, “For a soldier, work is his religion. Therefore, we are often told that work is worship. We must all pay our respect to them.” He further added, “Gathered to pay homage to these 2 brave soldiers who laid their lives in the call for duty in Kashmir yesterday.”

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This incident took place a day after the Army chief had met with the Army commanders at the XV Corps headquarters.

The Army chief had also come out in support of Major Leetul Gogoi. PTI quoted General Rawat on May 28 as saying that security forces need innovative ways to fight the ‘dirty war’ in Kashmir. “This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war…. That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations.”

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    Parmod
    Jun 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Very surprisingly two and half front war includes the dimension of internal security but ignores the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. One imagined the terminology of two and half front war indeed coined(not sure if it was) for China, Pak and A & N Islands. There were threats to these Islands both during 1965 as well as 1971. It is on record that even Indonesia has gone to state her open support to stan during operations. That be the history, these Islands are much more significant today militarily(not to talk about economy with oil, gas and minerals around). Chinese warships making forays much frequently under the pretext of movement for anti piracy operations in G of A. Chinese submarines have also been spotted close to these Islands. I think there lies strategic prudence in redefining our theory of two and half front war(without ignoring the dimension of IS) as these Islands will be subjected to serious threat in future conflicts or at least intense posturing by the Chinese.
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    Cybil Penning
    Jun 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    One London Islamist terror attack led to search even in stan, whereas India can't get rid of these Islamist terrorists even in her own country? Shouldn't India take its lead from Ms May???
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    Cybil Penning
    Jun 8, 2017 at 5:19 pm
    General Rawat is perfectly right in his statement and the so called human shield by Army Major was certainly very innovative technique. I fully support it that saved lot of loss of lives and chaos designed by these supporters in valley. Only a few select districts in J&K flooded by Jihadi Pak agents on boil. This J&K coldron boi is a thriving international racket to destabilise India while Islamise it by elimination of its Hindu culture and ppl. India supports Major Gogoi and General Rawat in their fight against these Wahhabi Islamist Jihadis. It is time that this global menace is jointly tackled as no country is free of this fanatic inhuman Islamic war. PM May said, "Evil ideology of perverted Islam". She couldn't have been more politically correct and explicit to send a global message.
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