Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India can call Pak's nuclear bluff: Army chief

India can call Pak's nuclear bluff: Army chief

"We understand China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation", Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat told a press conference when asked about the border dispute. Maintaining that the numbers of Chinese troops in Doklam had thinned, he said China may be a powerful country but India is not a weak nation either. "The process of disengagement at Doklam was to ensure that the soldiers of two armies are not face-to-face". "China is trying to exert pressure, but we will not allow our territory to be encouraged". A large number of troops have gone back from that area.

"The de-escalation by the Chinese could be due to winter months. Should they (the Chinese) come in again, we will take a call on how to deal with it".

Army chief Bipin Rawat said that the army is working on evolving a better system for providing aid being to children of martyrs and those disabled in action, after government put a Rs 10,000 cap on the monthly fund. "We are prepared to handle", the Army Chief said while assuring that the security forces are manning the border continuously. With many terrorist organizations using chemical warfare as a strategy, the Army Chief wants DRDO to work in the direction to counter such threats.

Expressing confidence in India's capability of handling an increasingly assertive China, the general said: "For too long we kept our focus on the western front".

Referring to the United States warnings to Pakistan over its handling of terrorism, he said India will have to wait and see its impact. He said the road construction had been on in Doklam since 2000 but the Chinese soldiers had come close to Tosa Bala, dividing north and south Doklam in June previous year just before the India-China standoff started.

General Rawat, who had previously also highlighted on the need for technologically advanced weapons and equipment, said that threat from CBRN weapons is fast becoming a concern.

"Terrorists are a disposable commodity for Pakistan. They (Pakistan) are feeling the pain", he said.

He however added that if there is a drop in infiltration, the Indian Army will fully follow the ceasefire.

"The casualties which Pakistan has suffered are three to four times more than we did".

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