Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2014
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India will pay Pakistan back in the same coin: Army chief

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New Delhi: Amidst tensions on the border with Pakistan, Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday rejected allegations that the Indian Army was not retaliating strongly during ceasefire violations by its South Asian neighbour.

Speaking to media at the annual press conference on the enhancement of combat power and operational readiness in the Indian Army, General Singh said that the Indian Army makes attempts to control the situation at the border and not escalate it.

However, he added: “If rules are followed by our neighbours, we follow them too. If rules are broken, we would not sit on it, we will break them too.”

“We will pay Pakistan back in the same coin,” added the Army chief.

He also noted that the frequency of ceasefire violations have decreased ever since the meeting between the Director General Military Operations of both the countries was held in December 2013.

“Ceasefire violations have continued. Since the agreement on ceasefire violation there has been a reduction in the ceasefire violations. After that these ceasefire violations have been for infiltration bids,” said General Singh.

“Our forces respect the laws of Geneva Convention. We do act. Our forces retaliate is a professional way,” he added.

He further said that there is zero tolerance towards human rights violation.

When asked to comment on AAP leader Prashant Bhushan’s statement to withdraw troops from J&K, the Army chief refused to make a statement, saying as the head of the Army, he never commented on politics.

General Singh further voiced his opposition against tampering with AFSPA in J&K and added that Army must stay in the state.

He also warned of a spillover from Afghanistan in J&K in 2014 when US troops pull out, saying intelligence inputs allude to this.
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