Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday hinted at “retaliatory action” for the death of two security personnel in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu & Kashmir earlier this week.
“When such an incident happens, we also take retaliatory measures. We have been doing this. There is nothing new about this,” General Rawat said on the sidelines of an event at the United Service Institution of India.
“We do not talk about future plans beforehand. We share details after execution of the plan,” General Rawat told mediapersons. Speaking on the sidelines of an event, he refused to divulge details, but added that “when this kind of action takes place, we also carry out retaliatory action”.
Army vice chief Lieutenant General Sarath Chand said Pakistan army would have to accept responsibility and face consequences for its action. “We don’t want to talk about what we will do. We will do what we have to do at the time and place of our choosing.”
Last year, the army had conducted surgical strikes on terror bases across the line of control. The strikes were conducted days after the terror attack in Uri in September. The plans were kept secret and the announcement was made the next morning.
General Rawat,who had personally monitored the strikes,was quoted as saying by sources, “We don’t talk about future plans beforehand; we share details after execution”.
Counter-infiltration posture in Jammu and Kashmir has been beefed up after the incident,he says.
Members of the BAT, considered a rogue squad of Pakistani army regulars and militant mercenaries, ambushed an Indian border patrol and killed naib subedar Paramjit Singh, a 42-year-old junior commissioned officer with 22 Sikh Regiment, and 45-year-old head constable Prem Sagar of the BSF’s 200 Battalion. Their decapitated bodies were found later.
Asked about the reactivation of terror launchpads across the LoC, which were destroyed by India during the surgical strike last year, General Rawat said, “Terrorists are trying to infiltrate. Snows are melting, summer months have started. Like each year, infiltration will commence. We are taking measures. We have beefed up our counter-infiltration postures.”
On the security forces launching a massive anti-militancy operation at multiple places in south Kashmir’s Shopian district today, the army chief said it is being carried out to bring the situation under control.
“The combing operation is going on as some banks were looted and some policemen have been killed. It has been launched to ensure that the situation is brought under control. These operations are carried out regularly,” he said.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit was also summoned by the Indian foreign ministry to register a ‘strong protest’ against the mutilation of the soldiers.India also stated that it had evidence of the blood trail from the bodies going across the LoC.
According to India’s External Affairs spokesman Gopal Baglay, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar conveyed to Basit “outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation” of the soldiers.
Referring to India’s security challenges, Gen Rawat said the drafts of national military strategy and national security strategy were ready to deal with pressing issues coherently.
“We should be able to identify our own national military strategy. We do not have a national military strategy as of now. Directorate General of Perspective Planning has been tasked to come out with it.
“We are also coming out with the national security strategy which will be given to the government. Both the draft documents are ready and hopefully we will be releasing them very soon,” he said after unveiling ‘Strategic Yearbook 2017’ at the United Service Institution, a national security and defence think tank.