Army chief warns Pak of more surgical strikes
Gen Bipin Rawat says India will go along if Pak chooses peace
NEW DELHI: India would carry out more precision strikes on militant bases across the Line of Control (LoC) if Islamabad rejected New Delhi’s peace overtures, army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday.
Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Rawat said India had made an offer of “peace and tranquility” to Pakistan but if Islamabad did not reciprocate,“thismethodof execution of operations will continue”.
“As far as surgical strikes are concerned, the aim was to ensure peace and tranquility. We are trying to ensure there is no requirement to conduct such strikes. If you (Pakistan) accept peace, we will go along,” Rawat said at a customary press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15.
Rawat stressed as far as the Pakistani response was concerned, India would have to adopt a “wait and watch” policy.
“We have told the adversary to accept peace and in case that offer is not reciprocated, then this method of execution of operations (surgical strikes) shall continue,” he said.
The army’s special forces conducted “surgical strikes” against militant pads in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir across the Line of Control last September, the first direct military response to the Uri attack that left 19 soldiers dead that month.
The strikes saw bilateral relations nosedive and resump- tion in border hostilities with daily firings and casualties on both sides. Pakistan denied the “surgical strikes” as India moved to isolate Islamabad diplomatically.
Army chief General Bipin Rawat addresses a press conference in Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, on Friday.