In a blunt message, India’s new army chief General Bipin Rawat has warned Pakistan that it should stop aiding cross-border infiltration and terrorism.
Referring to India’s “surgical strikes” on terror launch pads in PoK on September 29, Rawat said the country’s Army has the requisite will, intelligence and capability to destroy terror wherever it emanates.
Gen Rawat, who took over as the 27th Army chief from Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on December 31, lauded surgical strikes and said if the need arises, the Army can strike effectively. He said India is not a war mongering nation, but certain thresholds shouldn’t be crossed by the enemy.
He believes two-front is a real scenario, but said India has significantly improved its capability in handling this situation.
According to Rawat, the Army, Navy and IAF are now jointly very much prepared for such an eventuality.
There are estimates that there are still about 20 terror-training camps running at full capacity in PoK and Pakistan.
Recently, India successfully conducted the fourth and final experimental test of its indigenously developed Inter Continental Ballistic Missile, ICBM, nuclear-capable Agni-V which has a strike range of over 5,000-km. It is one of the most accurate strategic ballistic missile of its range class in the world. India also has 2,000–2,500 km range Agni – II missiles and 3000- 3500 km range Agni III missiles, which were claimed to be a part of the credible deterrence against China and Pakistan.
India is also raising the new 17 mountain strike corps (17 Corps) with 90,274 additional soldiers, at a cost of Rs 64,678 crore spread over eight years by 2020-2021. It will have two high-altitude infantry divisions.
According to the Army chief, the new corps and basic infrastructure, will give the advantage in dealing with the adversaries.
Though the cross-border artillery and gun-fire exchanges have now reduced, but the threat of war continues to exist.
India has a genuine reason for concern because China is ahead of India in military power; it has a bigger armed force and is modernizing its armed forces at a much faster pace than India.
Some of the concerns posed by China include: the world’s highest airfield at DaochengYading, the highest railway line from Xiniang to the TAR capital, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a deep manifestation of the time-tested relations between China and Pakistan, the development of roads in TAR up to the Indian border, and growing ties with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, are all strategic moves by China to contain India.