Published On: Mon, Sep 25th, 2017

Surgical strikes a message to Pakistan, more if necessary: Army Chief

New Delhi: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said the cross-LoC surgical strikes of last year were a message to Pakistan and warned it that if it does not mends its ways there could be more if necessary.

Rawat said that terrorists will continue to come and Indian soldiers are ready to ‘welcome’ them

“Strikes were a message we wanted to communicate. I think they understood what we mean. These things could follow if required,” Rawat said speaking after the launch of book ‘India’s Most Fearless’.

The book has an account of the surgical strikes conducted along the Myanmar border and across the LoC.

“We are prepared for any infiltration. Terrorists are ready at that side of the border and we are ready on this side to welcome them. We will receive them and send them to their graves,” Rawat said.

India, as a “strong country”, is capable of taking such decisions if and when required in keeping with its national security objectives, he added.

Asked about the upward trend in infiltration, the Army chief said the Pakistan Army-ISI combine will continue to push terrorists across the LoC to foment trouble in Kashmir.

Rawat said that terrorists will continue to come and Indian soldiers are ready to ‘welcome’ them.

Gen Rawat’s stern message to Pakistan comes a day after the security forces foiled a major terror strike in the Kalgai area of Uri in J&K, killing four terrorists after an intense gunbattle that continued for hours.

The terrorists had apparently planned a major attack similar to the strike on the Army camp in Uri on September 18 last year, in which 19 soldiers and four militants were killed, and led India to plan and eventually conduct the surgical strikes across the border.

“I can assure you that the Indian armed forces will never, ever let you down. They are ready for any mission anywhere, any time. You can count on us,” said the Army chief.


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