Indian Army Chief's yet another wishful dream against Pakistan

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Indian Army Chief's yet another wishful dream against Pakistan

NEW DELHI - The Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has claimed isolating Pakistan at international level with support of US.

He however forgot Pakistan's strengthening strategic ties and relationships with Russia, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, besides emerging strategic ties with European Union and other Islamic nations.

The Army chief said that India and the Indian Army would not be scared by any threat from Pakistan.

Asked to comment on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's tweet expressing "disappointment" on India's decision to cancel a meeting of foreign ministers, the Army chief said talks and terrorism cannot go hand in hand and Pakistan needed to curb the menace of terrorism.

The USA, that once used to be close to Pakistan, is now dominating on Pakistan and our government has been successful to a large extent in isolating Pakistan at an international level, Rawat claimed.

He said the government was fully supporting the force which also had the liberty to carry out their actions.

"And you can see its result in Kashmir and the northeast," he said.

However, he said action was needed against radicalisation and social media campaigns which, he suggested, were being run from outside.

When questioned about delays in the weapons procurement process, he said modern equipment and weapons were the need of the hour but delay in procurement did not mean that the forces could not function normally.

However, he said delay in procurement was not good.

The Army chief also said that consideration on incorporating robo technology in the forces was underway.

He added that strategic issues, planning and other aspects would be discussed in the upcoming Combined Commanders' Conference which is going to be held at the Jodhpur Air Force station later this month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the conference where the brass of Army, Navy and the Air Force would be present. The Army chief was in Jaipur to review the Haifa Day Mounted Parade at the 61 Cavalry ground here.

Haifa Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the liberation of Israeli city Haifa from the occupation of the Turks by the British Indian Army soldiers, led by Major Dalpat Singh, on September 23, 1918.