Tuesday, 30 November 2021

No possibility of a limited war with Pakistan: Indian army chief


NEW DELHI: Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that there is no possibility of a limited war with Pakistan.

While talking about using Kashmiri man as a human shield he termed the move as ‘defensive’ by the Indian army. “This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war…. That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations,” Rawat told media agencies.

“People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I will come with a nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honour. Is it what I am supposed to tell them as chief? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there,” Gen Rawat said.

Indian Army chief asserted that it would have been easier for them if the protesters use weapons instead of stones. “In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do),” Rawat told media agencies.

Meanwhile, without naming Pakistan, Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said that their neighbouring country is a future threat for them from the past 70 years however India’s defence preparations are always up to the mark.

Indian army chief shows ‘Criminal Leadership’: Human Rights Watch says

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch

Reacting to the statement of Indian army chief Bipin Rawat on the issue of “Human Shield”, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Keneth Roth on Monday tweeted saying Indian Army Chief shows ‘Criminal Leadership”.

On Sunday the Indian army chief had termed the “infamous” act of strapping a Kashmiri to an army Jeep as “innovative” and said that commending the Army officer was to boost the morale of his army which is fighting a “dirty war” in Kashmir.

On April 09 on the day of Srinagar by-election, an army major Leetul Gogoi strapped a Kashmiri Shawl weaver to a front of an army Jeep as a human shield and paraded him through many villages in Beerwah area of Central part of Kashmir’s Budgam district. An army man atop a Jeep warned people of meeting same fate if they would throw stones, a video of the act which went viral on social media showed.

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