Hinting towards a violent clash at the Indo-Pak border, Army chief General Dalbir Singh said that India needs to be ready for short wars which could be swiftly unleashed without much warning, reports ABPLive.
Slamming Pakistan for creating unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and spreading violence in other areas, the Army chief said:
“The border remains alive and active due to the frequency of ceasefire violations and infiltration bids by our western neighbour. Recent incidents of terrorist violence are clear pointers to the attempt to extend the arc of violence to other areas.”
Speaking at a seminar organised by the three armed forces – the army, the navy and the air force – to mark 50 years of the 1965 war with Pakistan, the General cautioned that the swift, short nature of future wars is likely to offer limited warning time.
He said that India will have to maintain very high levels of operational preparedness at all times.
According to a report, the acknowledgement of the risk of having to face a blitzkrieg comes in the backdrop of the Army conducting a series of major combat exercises over the last several years.
The army has held multiple exercises including the recent ‘Brahmashira’ exercise by the 2 ‘Kharga’ Strike Corps in Rajasthan — to practice “swift multiple offensives deep into enemy territory” under its “Pro-Active Conventional War Strategy”.
An officer said:
“If it took a month for the Army strike formations to mobilize during Operation Parakram(launched in 2002 in response to the terrorist attack on Parliament), it will now take just four-five days for the battle groups to get going.”
Other speakers at the seminar which included Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accepted that threats and challenges had become much more complex since India thwarted Pakistan’s designs of wresting Kashmir by force in the 1965 war.
Drawing a parallel between the 1965 war and present times Defence Minister Parrikar said:
“The present day environment also requires a similar approach, with alertness and readiness, so that we can deter any such action, and ensure a peaceful environment… the security environment today is complex and nuanced.”
The border remains alive and active due to ceasefire violations and infiltration by Pakistan.