India will make terrorists and their supporters feel pain, vows army chief Bipin Rawat

New Delhi: India will give a hard calibrated response to terror activities and will compel Pakistan to completely rethink its strategy on supporting insurgency and terrorism, new Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said.

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. PTI

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. PTI

Rawat, who as vice-chief, was actively involved in the surgical strikes on terror camps across the LoC, said it has to be ensured that "pain is felt" by terrorists and their supporters, but the response need not be in the same manner.

He brushed aside Pakistan's threat of tactically using nuclear weapons, saying such statements will not deter India when it comes to defending borders. "While we do agree that we have to retaliate and ensure that the pain is felt by the terrorists and their supporters, the response need not be the same every time," he told PTI.

Rawat, who took over as the 27th army chief on 31 December, said, "We will calibrate the response in a manner that it hits them hard and compels them to think about the long run, whether they need to completely rethink their strategy on supporting insurgency and terrorism in our state."

He was asked about Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's statement that enemy needs to feel the pain too. Rawat also said that not every incident needs to be seen from the same perspective, as there are a large number of terrorists operating in the Valley, who are always attempting to carry out some sort of violence against the security forces and citizens.

Asked about Pakistan's threat of using tactical nukes, the army chief said nuclear weapons are weapons of deterrence. "And if Pakistan is reviewing their strategy on using nuclear weapons, it is something that they have decided to strategise," he said, adding that Pakistan's statements doesn't find favour either with India or with the international community.

Published Date: Jan 04, 2017 18:04 PM | Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 18:04 PM

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