Army chief warns of another surgical strike


New Delhi. Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat Tuesday said surgical strikes on militant launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) could be repeated, if necessary, seeking to send a stern message to Pakistan.

He said cross-border infiltration will continue because camps across the Line of Control, from where militants are launched, are still operational, and warned that the Indian Army is ready to “receive” them and keep dispatching them to their graves.

“The strike was a message we wanted to communicate to them and they have understood what we mean…that things could follow up, if required,” Rawat said.

He was speaking at the launch of a book ‘India’s Most Fearless’ authored by two defence journalists, Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh.

The book chornicles personal accounts of troops and their valour in extreme and hostile conditions, including of officers who participated in the surgical strikes.

Later, responding to a question by reporters on infiltration attempts, Rawat said, “Militants will keep coming because the (militant) camps are operational there across the LoC. Even we are ready. We will keep receiving them (infiltrators) to dispatch them two-and-a-half feet below the ground.”

Army claimed to have conducted surgical strikes on militant launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28-29 last year, following a militant attack on an Army camp that killed 19 army men in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

When asked what impact did the surgical strikes had, Rawat said, “It sent a message that we are a stronger nation capable of taking decisions when time comes.”

Rawat’s predecessor Gen (retd) Dalbir Singh, who was the Army chief when surgical strikes were carried out, echoed similar views on their impact.

“They had struck well as deterrence and have enhanced India’s image abroad,” Singh said.

When asked about what was the difficult part of the surgical strikes carried out in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK), Singh said the worrying part was “extricating” the soldiers without any casualty.

Source: voice of wadi


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