Army committed to crush militancy in Kashmir; says Gen Rawat


JAMMU: Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said that India will not hesitate in taking strong action against its neighbour, Pakistan, if it indulged in any “misadventures” on the border and declared that the Indian Army has inflicted heavy losses, both in terms of lives and infrastructure, on Pakistan in retaliatory firing on the Line of Control (LoC).

“If our neighbour doesn’t mend its ways, we will not hesitate from taking strong retaliatory action to thwart the inimical moves of the western neighbour aimed against India,” Gen Rawat said without naming Pakistan in his hard hitting address to the Army jawans on the occasion of Army Day on Tuesday in which he declared that the Army was committed to crush militancy in the Kashmir valley. Maintaining that Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, Gen Rawat said the Indian Army has been giving very befitting and strong response to Pakistani troops, thus, inflicting heavy losses of lives and infrastructure across the LoC.
“And if the neighbour didn’t mend its ways on the LoC, we will not hesitate from even taking strong and massive action against it for any kind of inimical action,” he declared in one of the sternest warning to Pakistan in the wake of continued unrest on the LoC especially in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch, where an Army Major was among three troopers martyred in Rajouri district only a day before.
Gen Rawat’s statement warning strong action against Pakistan and losses inflicted on the neighbour, both in terms of lives and infrastructure, came at a time when India and Pakistan armies were engaged in exchange of shelling and firing in Rajouri and Poonch districts regularly for the past fortnight. Incidents of sniping have also been on the rise.
“Anti-infiltration measures are on along the LoC and they will continue. Our western neighbour has been aiding and abetting militancy and infiltration (in Jammu and Kashmir) but the Indian Army continued to dominate the LoC,” the Army chief declared.