Further strikes against Pakistan can't be ruled out: Indian army chief

Xinhua News Agency


Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has said further strikes against Pakistan can't be ruled out.

"Further surgical strikes against Pakistan can't be ruled out; the strikes were meant to send out message," General Rawat said in an interview Tuesday.

He said "If there are terrorist bases across border and if they continue to disrupt the situation on our side of the Line of Control, then we have a right to take action against the terrorists."

The army chief said the demonstration of the surgical strike was just one such means. "We are working on other such methodologies."

Two days ago, he said the role of the Army is to maintain peace and tranquility at the border but it will not shy away from flexing its muscles if it is needed.

The Indian Army made headlines late in September last year after carrying out "surgical strikes" on terror launch pads across the de-facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir.

The strikes came days after insurgents had attacked an Indian army base in Indian-controled Kashmir, killing 18 soldiers.