Army Chief Warns Pak Against ‘Any Misadventure’

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NEW DELHI — Any misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response and no act of militancy will go unpunished, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said Saturday.

Speaking at an event on ’20 Years after Kargil Conflict’, Rawat said Pakistan Army, time and again, resorts to misadventure, either through state-sponsored militancy or intrusions in India.

“The Indian armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend our territorial integrity. Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said.

The rise of non-state actors and the readiness to use militancy and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm, he said.

Addition of cyber and space domain has changed the battlefield scenario, the Army chief noted.

Rawat also asserted that no act of terror will go unpunished. “Surgical strikes post-Uri and Balakot have amply demonstrated our political and military resolve against (militancy). Any act of (militancy) will not go unpunished,” Rawat added.

 ‘No Intrusion By Chinese In Ladakh’

Army chief General Bipin Rawat Saturday said there has been no intrusion by the Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok sector.

His statement comes amidst reports of Chinese soldiers crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last week after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday on July 6.

 “Chinese come and patrol to their perceived Line of Actual Control…we try and prevent them. But at times there are celebrations that take place at the local levels. Celebrations were going on our side by our Tibetans in the Demchok sector. Based on that, some Chinese also came to see what was happening. But there has been no intrusions. Everything is normal,” the Army chief said.

India and China share a disputed border and the armies of the two countries were engaged in a stand-off for 73 days in 2017 in Doklam

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