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 a misadventure any time, in the future. Anywhere, anytime don’t even think about of it,” General Rawat told reporters at the sidelines of function at Lahmochan Point here.
“In 1999 Pakistan did not appreciate the will and the intent of the Indian political establishment and the Indian armed forces and faced a befitting defeat,” he said.
Referring to the advantageous position Pakistan had occupied during the Kargil war, General Rawat said, “No matter what heights they capture the Indian Army will always recapture them. This was evident during the Kargil war in 1999. Today we have better surveillance system and we are sitting on these heights to guard these points.”
Asked about infiltration bids in Jammu and Kashmir after Balakot air strike, General Rawat said, “The infiltration has declined due to two reasons, one troops are alert and we have inducted additional forces to strengthen the counter infiltration grid. Both Pakistan Army and the militants across have to understand that even if they come near the Line of Control they won’t return alive.”
Referring to the recent statement of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that “Pakistan had no role in Pulwama attack and it was an indigenous thing,” General Rawat said, “We are aware of the truth. So we don’t have to get carried away by any statement. The truth is known to us and our establishment.”
“Our intelligence agencies have given ample proof of what happened in Pulwama and that is all I would like to say,” he added.
Regarding thrust of government on use of indigenous weaponry and technology, the Army Chief said, “Make in India has already commenced. Guns, helicopters are being manufactured in India. We are also looking for ammunitions manufacturing in India. Now AK 203 with a joint venture with Russia will be manufactured in Amethi.”
Earlier at Lahmochan Point, Army officers briefed the media about important points from Tiger Hill to Tollo Ling where the Kargil war was fought.
Dignitaries present on the occasion included General (Retired) V P Malik, who was chief guest 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 Ranbir Singh and other officers.