Never attempt Kargil like misadventure again: General Rawat warns Pak

‘Infiltration in J&K on decline after Balakot airstrikes’
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As India commemorated 20 years of the Kargil war, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday cautioned Pakistan to never attempt a repeat of the "misadventure."

"My stern warning to Pakistan is, don't ever attempt such amisadventure any time, in the future. Anywhere, anytime don't even think about ofit," General Rawat told reporters at the sidelines of function atLahmochan Point here.

"In 1999 Pakistan did not appreciate the will and the intentof the Indian political establishment and the Indian armed forces and faced abefitting defeat," he said. 

Referring to the advantageous position Pakistan had occupiedduring the Kargil war, General Rawat said, "No matter what heights theycapture the Indian Army will always recapture them. This was evident during theKargil war in 1999. Today we have better surveillance system and we are sittingon these heights to guard these points."

Asked about infiltration bids in Jammu and Kashmir afterBalakot air strike, General Rawat said, "The infiltration has declined due totwo reasons, one troops are alert and we have inducted additional forces tostrengthen the counter infiltration grid. Both Pakistan Army and the militantsacross have to understand that even if they come near the Line of Control theywon't return alive."

Referring to the recent statement of Pakistan Prime MinisterImran Khan that "Pakistan had no role in Pulwama attack and it was anindigenous thing," General Rawat said, "We are aware of the truth. So we don't have to get carried away by anystatement. The truth is known to us and our establishment."

 "Our intelligenceagencies have given ample proof of what happened in Pulwama and that is all Iwould like to say," he added.

Regarding thrust of government on use of indigenous weaponryand technology, the Army Chief said, "Make in India has already commenced.Guns, helicopters are being manufactured in India. We are also looking forammunitions manufacturing in India. Now AK 203 with a joint venture with Russiawill be manufactured in Amethi."

Earlier at Lahmochan Point, Army officers briefed the mediaabout important points from Tiger Hill to Tollo Ling where the Kargil war wasfought.

Dignitaries present on the occasion included  General (Retired) V P Malik, who was chiefguest on the occasion, Lt Gen (retd) Mohindra Puri ex-GOC 8 Mountain Division,Lt Gen Y K Joshi Commander 14 Crops, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen RanbirSingh  and other officers.

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