India will give a calibrated "hard" response to terror activities that will compel Pakistan to completely rethink its strategy on supporting insurgency and terrorism here, says new Army Chief Gen BipinRawat.
Gen Rawat, who as the Vice Chief was actively involved in the recent surgical strikes, also feels that while it has to be ensured that "pain" is felt by the terrorists and their supporters, the response need not be in the same manner always.
He brushes aside Pakistan's threat of use of tactical nuclear weapons, saying such statements will not deter India when it comes to defending borders.
"While we do agree that we have to retaliate and ensure that the pain is felt by the terrorists and their supporters, the response need not be the same every time," the army chief told PTI in an interview here. Gen Rawat, who took over as the 27th chief on December 31, said, "We will calibrate the response in a manner it hits them hard and compels them to think in the long run whether they need to completely rethink their strategy on supporting insurgency and terrorism."