Indian Army Chief threatens Pakistan of strike, calls nuclear bogey failure of conventional forces

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Indian Army Chief threatens Pakistan of strike, calls nuclear bogey failure of conventional forces

NEW DELHI: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat threatens Pakistan of strike, calls nuclear bogey failure of conventional forces of Pakistan Military.

The Pakistan nuclear bogey in retaliation to the withdrawal of Article is a sign that there is a lack of conviction in its conventional forces, Army chief General Bipin Rawat link told ET, adding it’s time to give peace a chance in Jammu and Kashmir.

General Rawat also said Pakistan has made fresh deployments along the (LoC) as a 'precautionary' step, as it fears a strong retaliation in the event of any terror attack in India. ADVERTISEMENT [image: ET Prime] link

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The Army chief said India has noted the emerging threats from Pakistan and is more-than-prepared to meet any challenge. On nuclear threats by Islamabad, General Rawat said that this was a sign of a loss of confidence in conventional forces in Pakistan.

“When you don’t have confidence in the abilities of your conventional forces to deter the adversary, you start using the nuclear bogey," the Army chief said, adding there have been signs that Pakistan has made additional deployments along the LoC even as it has given a free run to terror organisation operating from its soil.

“Pakista appears to have made precautionary deployments because there could be attempts of a terror attack. Terrorists are getting a loose rope on their soil, they are getting emboldened. And should they succeed in carrying out a terror attack—though we are fully prepared—they would expect retaliation from us. If you perpetrate violence, you cannot get away," the Army chief said.

The security forces are on the guard in the Kashmir Valley as restrictions are slowly being lifted – land lines were activated in most parts of the state on Thursday – but are cautious that Pakistani elements would attempt to instigate violence. “There will be attempts to instigate violence in J&K once restrictions are lifted. Pakistan realises that it is good for it to instigate violence. We are ready to handle it,” he said.