India can call Pak's nuclear bluff: Army chief

  • India can call Pak's nuclear bluff: Army chief

India can call Pak's nuclear bluff: Army chief

Social media and government schools in Jammu and Kashmir are spreading a "disinformation campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youths, army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Friday, and called for "some control" over mosques and madarsas in the state.

"Ceasefire violations have increased because Pakistan posts supporting terrorists are being destroyed", he said.

The Army chief said India was repeatedly receiving requests from Pakistan to honour the 2003 ceasefire agreement because the damage was heavier on the other side. "It was also posing a threat to us as it was changing the status quo", he said.

Addressing the customary annual press conference of the Army ahead of the Army Day on January 15, General Rawat for the first time talked in detail about the India-China stand-off on the Doklam plateau along the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China for over two months.

Rawat, who was talking to reporters, said that minor construction continues to take place in Doklam but a year ago the face-off happened because it saw personnel from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) moving in large amount of equipment.

The Army Chief also said it would be premature to assess the impact of US President Donald Trump's decision to put pressure on Pakistan to act against terror groups operating from its soil.

The government said Indian and Chinese troops have resolved through established mechanism the issue related to China's attempt to build a road in the Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh.

"The time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border".

"We will not allow our territory to be invaded upon".

The stand-off was resolved after Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened and took up the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg during the G-20 summit previous year.

Commenting on recent developments in US-Pakistan relations, Rawat emphasized the US can not expect from India to do its job in the region.

"Even if it would have escalated we were prepared (as) the terrain usually favours us". Gen Rawat said the Chinese presence in the northern part of Doklam continued but has thinned out and the level of activity has also gone down. "We will have to do our own job", he said, adding the USA had its own "compulsions" to maintain relations with Pakistan.