Indian army chief threatens Pakistan with surgical strikes

New Delhi

India’s new army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday threatened Pakistan with surgical strikes.
According to Hindustan Times, the army chief maintained that the strikes can be repeated if the “situation warrants”.
“We will do it again if needed,” said Rawat at a press conference in Delhi. Earlier, India falsely claimed of carrying out surgical strikes at the border in September 2016.
General Bipin Rawat expressed concerns over proxy war being waged by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and said that it “is affecting the secular fabric of our country”.
“While we have challenges along our borders, we’ve to be concerned about the proxy war, terror that are affecting secular fabric of our nation,” the Army chief said during an interaction with media in Delhi.
However, “with synergised efforts of security forces, we have been able to bring the situation under control in Jammu and Kashmir,” Bipin Rawat said.
On the issue of jawans raising concerns about food and service conditions in social media, General Rawat said that the Army is setting up suggestion-cum-grievances boxes at Army headquarters and at other commands.
“Suggestion-cum-grievance boxes are being installed at the Army headquarters and at other commands. Anybody having any complaint can use those boxes to voice dissatisfaction. We will address it,” Gen Rawat said.
“Still if the grievance is not addressed, whoever has any problem can come to me directly,” he said.
The army chief also assured that the identity of any jawan lodging a complaint through suggestion-cum-grievance boxes would be kept secret.—Agencies

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