New Delhi: If Pakistan does not fall in line and reciprocate Indian peace initiatives, then another round of surgical strikes will happen. This warning was issued by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in his first press conference on Friday. The surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) into Pakistan can be repeated if the "situation warrants".
"Surgical strikes were a demonstration of what we can do if situation warrants. Will do it again if needed," Army Chief said.
Elaborating on the possibility of fresh surgical strikes, Gen Rawat said, "The motive behind surgical strike needs to be understood...if we don't get the correct message from the other side, if we see that infiltration is being encouraged then it (surgical strike) must be conducted again."
Commenting on the broader issue of security challenges faced by the country, Gen Rawat said, "While we have challenges along our borders, we have to be concerned about proxy war, terror that are affecting the secular fabric of our nation."
He added,"In the recent time the ceasefire violations have come down but if not then, we may resort for such surgical strikes again."
"Infiltration attempts are being regularly made, the day before yesterday two terrorists were killed along the Line of Control in Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir)," Gen Rawat said.
However, Army chief said that "with synergised efforts of security forces, we have been able to bring the situation under control in Jammu and Kashmir". (News24Bureau)