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.”