If peace not reciprocated, surgical strike can’t be ruled out: Army chief
Gen Rawat also said India needs to “wait and watch” the Pakistani response in Jammu and Kashmir.
He accepted that challenges of proxy war, insurgency and terrorism will keep India embroiled for “years to come”.
The Gen said the DGMOs of both sides have spoken to each other and want peace and tranquillity along the Line of Control (LoC).
The two officers spoke on November 23 and since then there has been relative peace along the LoC, he said.
Asked if surgical strikes conducted along the LoC, and operations conducted in Myanmar, would now be part of the doctrine, the Army chief said, “We have told the adversary to accept peace and in case that offer is not reciprocated this method of operations (surgical strikes) shall continue”.
He also said the aim is to ensure peace and tranquillity and it (surgical strike) shall not be needed if there is peace.
“Our offer to the adversary is if you reciprocate offer of peace in the same manner, the need to conduct a surgical strike will not arise,” he said addressing his first annual press conference here after taking over as the Army chief on December 31.
He also said proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir was started to target India’s secular fabric under which “people” moved out from the state.
Army chief said to ensure the secular credentials of the country are not affected, one must make sure the state reverses to what it was before 1989 with “everybody there” living in harmony.
He was referring to the exodus of Kashmiri pandits when the militancy started in the state. The central government has already made it clear that it wants to ensure that the displaced Kashmiri pandits are rehabilitated in the state.
The Army chief said the proxy war, terrorism and insurgency target the secular fabric of our country.