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India can call Pak's nuclear bluff: Army chief

13 January 2018, 03:59 | Jodi Jackson

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that India must not countries like Sri Lanka drift towards China

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that India must not countries like Sri Lanka drift towards China

"If you are putting a map of Jammu and Kashmir, then you may as well put maps of every state", Rawat said.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi ahead of the Army Day, he said that the teachers in the schools of Jammu & Kashmir were teaching two maps to the students: one of India and another of J&K, reported ANI news agency.

Asked about the "pressure" being exerted on Pakistan by USA, he said: "It would be premature to say what will be the impact of the pressure. We can not allow our neighbours to drift away to China", PTI quoted him as saying.

The Indian Army has confirmed that it has not dropped countermeasures in the Sikkim sector in the country's northeast as it suspects China may once again increase activities near Doklam after the snow melts. "China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation", General Rawat said. "Most misguided youth come from schools where they are being radicalised". Indian troops were forced to intervene on behalf of Bhutan, which led to a 74-day military standoff in the Sikkim sector. Chinese troops were very well equipped. He said the government had told the army to conduct operation "in the manner they deem fit". The military would also concentrate on thwarting infiltration attempts in the some northern areas of Bandipore district, he added.

Referring to the US' warnings to Pakistan over its handling of terrorism, Rawat said India will have to wait and see its impact.

The Army chief said that the forces need to update weapons and technology from time to time.

"When government put a cap, we said we will review the policy and ensure only genuine people get benefit", he said.

He further informed infantry soldier on border who engage with the enemy first will get modern assault rifles, and added: "Assault Rifle which is primary weapon of Infantry soldier has got delayed due to the changed General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR)". "We are also sincerely looking to increase our cyber security capabilities".

Rawat said that the Army was focusing on bolstering its capacity to move ammunition from one sector to another.

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