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Pakistan knows we’ll retaliate, they should remain in fear: Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat

In an exclusive interview, Gen. Bipin Rawat talks about Pakistan, Kashmir, China, the new Chief of Defence Staff post and Army reorganisation.

Updated:Friday, September 20, 2019, 09:09

Pakistan knows we’ll retaliate, they should remain in fear: Indian Army Chief Bipin RawatNew Delhi: Pakistan is confused about how India will respond to any future Pulwama/Uri type attack, and that’s good, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said.

In his time in the hot seat, Rawat said, he has worked on the ammunition shortage facing the Indian Army, and now the force has enough ammunition and equipment for a sustained 10-day war with the western neighbour.Pakistan knows we’ll retaliate, they should remain in fear: Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat
In a wide-ranging interview last Friday, his first this year, Gen. Rawat, who is tipped to be India’s first Chief of Defence Staff after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the post on Independence Day, spoke about a range of issues and the vision for the future of the Indian military.

Among other things, Rawat also advocated a change to India’s “defensive mindset” of having troops all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, saying the country should focus on “reserves in depth” and technology when it comes to manning the areas adjoining the northern neighbour.

He also said he does not foresee a war with China, even though “small incidents” and some irritants keep happening along the LAC, as always.

Line of Control and Pakistan
Speaking about Pakistan, Gen. Rawat said even if a particular group or individual tries to carry out a small incident, it can grow into a bigger one, like in the case of Pulwama.

“My gut feeling is that Pakistan possibly feels that India might do something. They are worried that if something goes wrong in the hinterland, whether orchestrated by Pakistan or whether orchestrated from within the country with Pakistan’s help, India will hit back,” the Army chief said.Pakistan knows we’ll retaliate, they should remain in fear: Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat
He said Pakistan knows if something “spectacular” happens, there will be retaliation.

“We are not going to spare them. Uncertainty prevails in Pakistan, which is good. Let them also remain under some kind of fear — don’t think you can get away with impunity. We have given a message that we will hit back and faster,” he said.

He said the Pulwama attack became a big issue because of the number of CRPF personnel who lost their lives. “Suppose the bus had only five people… The bus had 40 people, and hence, it became a big issue. That chap (suicide bomber) did not know that this bus had 40 people. He just rammed into a bus. That day, the buses were running full, otherwise not many personnel were there normally,” he said.

Rawat said Pakistan had, as a precautionary measure, moved some troops along the LoC, a step India has also taken.
“Another thing that has happened is that they have moved terrorists back to forward bases. They are now seen moving in Pakistani posts,” he said.

Gen. Rawat said special measures have been taken to ensure that infiltration attempts are challenged successfully, including one more brigade being deployed along the LoC. He said the Army has built a fence along the LoC and there is a post every 300 metres, manned by some soldiers, called “picket deployment”. This is a defensive mechanism as the Army is trying to control infiltration and prevent any misadventure by Pakistan.

He also said another trend has come to light — of Pakistani terrorists entering through the International Border in Punjab. He said two terrorists with weapons were caught during a security check last week from one such truck on the way from Jammu.

“In the Valley, we will take care,” he said, adding that terror leadership in Kashmir has been eliminated.

“You can say there are still around 200-250. But these are young and do not have much potential to do much without leadership. If we are able to control infiltration in the summer months, then we can control them. We should not let new leadership come in.”
Source: The Print

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