Army chief General Bipin Rawat has told that the surgical strikes have sent across a message that the Line of Control (LoC)
will be “sacrosanct” so long as Pakistan appears not to spoil the environment.
Relating to the surgical strikes, General Rawat, in an interview with the Times of India,
announced it would No More Hide & Seek and if India had to cross the border, it would do so through air, ground route or both.
The Army chief also criticised Pakistan for supporting terrorism,No More Hide & Seek
Telling the neighbour had explicitly called for ‘jihad’ after the Narendra Modi government’s choice to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. He replied that it was Pakistan’s state policy to fight a proxy war with India.
He also rubbished Pakistan’s declarations of using nuclear arms in case of a general war, questioning if the international community would allow such a move. General Rawat said atomic weapons were employed for deterrence and not for warfighting.
Though he realised that there was a step-up in infiltration efforts after August 5, he told the army was successfully targeting different movement to combat such efforts.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have done on the rise since the government chose to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union Territories- J&K and Ladakh.
Speaking about the position in the Valley after the move, the Army chief told a large number of people had understood that the choice was for their good. He added that after 30 years of struggle, people should give peace a chance.