PKonweb Report — Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said there is no possibility of a limited war with Pakistan, however with innovation fighting a dirty proxy war is justified.
Gen Rawat was justifying Indian military establishment’s most recent tactic of tying a Kashmiri youth in front of an army jeep to demoralize the stone-pelting protesters in held-Kashmir.
Rawat awarded a commendation to the officer who gained national notoriety last month for having “successfully” undertaken the “human shield” tactic.
“This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war. That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations,” Rawat said quoted Indian news agency PTI.
“People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I will come with a nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honor. Is it what I am supposed to tell them as chief? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there,” he said.
“It would have been easier for them if the protesters use weapons instead of stones. In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I want to do,” Rawat added.
Commenting on Rawat’s statement, Kashmi separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that India’s military leadership and the government at the Center are openly encouraging the security forces to commit genocide in the occupied Valley.
“If you go by the statements of the Indian Army Chief and those from the ruling dispensation in New Delhi, you will know they are brazenly asking more than 700,000 troops deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to commit genocide of its Muslim population,” Mirwaiz said.
Referring to Rawat’s latest statement Mirwaiz said the remarks were aimed at inciting the youth to pick up arms and get killed.
“This anti-Kashmiri statement of the Army Chief of India is appalling, to say the least. It also reflects that it is the Army which is in control here,” he said.
Meanwhile, without naming Pakistan, Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said that their neighboring country is a future threat for them, and has been a threat for the past 70 years; however India’s defense preparations are always up to the mark.