Army chief General Bipin Rawat slammed Pakistan for ‘proxy war’ against India. “The Indian Army will cross border if needed. The surgical strikes have sent across a message that the Line of Control (LoC) will be sacrosanct so long as Pakistan does not vitiate the atmosphere”, Rawat said.
“The strikes have delivered the message that the Line of Control (LoC) will remain sacrosanct as long as the other side remains quiet and does not vitiate the atmosphere. Pakistan controls the terrorists, who act as its proxies. It’s no longer going to hide and seek. If we have to go across, we will, through the air or the ground route or both,” he added.
The Army chief also accused Pakistan of supporting terrorism. “They kept on saying we don’t support terrorists despite India giving them so much evidence. Now, after August 5. It was always there. There are terror training camps in Pakistan, though they keep on shifting them. Fighting a proxy war with us is the state policy of Pakistan,” Bipin Rawat said.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have been evolving since the government decided to abolish the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.
Speaking about the situation in the Valley after scrapping of Article 370, the Army chief said a large number of people are happy by the decision as they have realised it was for their good. He added that after 30 years of violence, people should give peace a chance.