Beware! Army chief warns large scale infiltration bid from across LoC could be made

New Delhi, Jan 18: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat today warned that a large scale infiltration bid from across the Line of Control could be made in the next few months.

The border is being kept 'alive' by the Pakistani troops to support infiltration, he said.

Addressing the geo-political conference 'Raisina Dialogue' in New Delhi, he said, "There are terrorist bases very much inside Pakistan and an attempt is being made to revive the insurgency in Kashmir because people do feel that there is some semblance of peace that is returning to the Valley."

"Therefore, we visualise, large scale infiltration taking place in the next few months," Gen Rawat said.

The Army chief also spoke about nuclear weapons and deterrence.

He made the remarks about nuclear weapons while responding to a question on the warning by the Pakistan Army against any 'misadventure'.

Pakistan's warning had come after Gen Rawat's recent remark that his force was ready to call Islamabad's 'nuclear bluff' and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.

Gen Rawat said nuclear arms are strategic weapons and to talk about their use in the conventional domain is not right.

The use of nuclear weapons is decided at the highest level of establishment, he said.

The Army chief said nuclear arms may be weapons of deterrence, but that does not mean that nations will not engage in combat.

He also talked about the threat of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, saying it was a challenge to keep these weapons of mass destructions in check.

This requires greater coordination among the international community, he said at the Raisina Dialogue, an event organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Ministry of External Affairs.

Gen Rawat asserted that, "As long as the Pakistani establishment and Pakistani forward posts along the LoC continue to support terrorists in carrying out actions against our forward defence troops, who are constantly required to monitor the LoC, we will have to continue taking action against these people." 


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