Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat hints on the new strategy of India stating that ceasing of hostilities between India and Pakistan along the LoC in occupied J & K must be on Indian terms. As part of a major strategy to put pressure on Pakistan, he indicated an increase in cross-border firing by India.
The Army Chief Rawat said, “So, we have raised the ante by resorting to cross-border firing which is leading to violations of the ceasefire. Earlier, the burden was only on us to man the border and remain alert and now the Pakistan Army is facing the same pain. They also have to now remain alert on the border.”
Pakistan has deployed more forces along the LoC(Line of Control) after seeing an increase in the violations of the ceasefire. It was in the hinterland or peace postings earlier.
The Army Chief delivered the speech at an event organized by the Vivekananda International Foundation where he recalled the time when the ceasefire was not being violated by the country. He said, “Let me assure you, it is not just the Indian Army which is alone facing the brunt.”
As per the statement of Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir who had said in a response to a question in the Lok Sabha last year that Pakistan has violated ceasefire 881 times along the LoC and IB in J & K that killed 30 people.
The violation of ceasefire in 2016 was more than double. From November 2003, the truce between India and Pakistan along the LoC and the International Border is in force.
Rawat has also warned that if Islamabad has taken “threshold”, then New Delhi will have the option of going to the next level, “And I think Pakistan is just about ensuring that they do not raise the threshold, but then the call as to when we want to raise the threshold rests with us. It is in our hands to raise it, depending on how high we want to do it.”
The Army Chief also stated, “So it must come on our terms. And those terms will come when they find that we have the potential to raise the ante. Gradually, if this does not work, (then) we can keep calibrating and raising the ante.”