India won’t sit quietly if Pak breaks rules, says Army chief

He rejected the perception that Indian military has not retaliated against the beheading of its soldiers by Pakistani troops last year.

‘Let me assure you that action has been taken... If I can invite the attention to the Geo TV report on 23 December which talked of their one officer and nine jawans being killed with 12-13 being wounded. This has happened due to firing of your soldiers on ground. They have done their bit,’ he said while addressing a press conference on the eve of Army Day.

About the various reports of the decapitation of the bodies of fallen Indian soldiers whom he hailed as ‘martyrs,’ Singh said that, ‘We value the Geneva Convention…the human rights….human dignity, even though our forces retaliate with equal force.’

Gen Singh said it is virtually a ‘mini war at the local level’ whenever ceasefire violation takes place on the Line of Control (LoC).

Bikram Singh, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), further stated that army has already signed 17 contracts worth Rs 11,777 crore for acquiring weapons and equipments in the fiscal year of 2013-14. Signing of another 23 contracts estimated to be worth about Rs 24,000 crore are in the pipeline.

Singh said that he had taken over the army with a ‘vision’ and has moved according to a road-map. This roadmap that includes the replenishment of used up resources is worth Rs 19,280 crore and has been sanctioned by the defence ninister, AK Antony.

Replying a question about the infrastructure development in areas leading up to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Indian side, Singh said, ‘There are plans afoot for enhancing road and rail infrastructure. The plan requires a financial commitment of Rs 9,200 crores for building infrastructure, which requires a ‘focussed commitment’ by the agencies involved. But the army has also been pushing the case of “outsourcing some of these roads besides strengthening the Border Roads Organisation.’
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