A day after three J&K policemen were found dead having been abducted by terrorists the night before, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bipin Rawat has made clear that such barbaric acts by Pakistan will not go unpunished, and time has come for India 'to reply in same manner'.
Speaking to the media on the issue of recent killings of the policemen, which was preceded by brutal murder of a BSF jawan earlier this week, the Army chief said, "This kind of barbaric act that terrorist from Pakistan, with support of Pakistan army is not acceptable. There is a need to change strategy, and I would say yes, we need to revenge the kind of barbarism Pakistan is doing. What we need to do is something I would not say openly. But I would say that it is time to reply in same manner."
He further went onto say that Indian government's policy was quite clear on this issue. "Our government's policy has been quite clear and concise. We have made it clear that talks and terrorism cannot go hand in hand. What we are following is our stated policy which we have repeated time and again. Therefore, Pakistan needs to curb this menace of terrorism and not allow their soil to be used by terrorists against our people," General Rawat added.
Following the killings of J&K policemen, the Indian government had announced that the proposed meet between the two countries later this year at UNGA had been called off. The decision was not met positively by Pakistan, with many top leaders, including the PM and President expressing their disappointment.
During the press conference, the Army chief stated that the surgical strikes on Pakistan in 2016, whose second anniversary government is planning to celebrate later this month, was different from other attacks. "The surgical strike which was done (on 29 September 2016), it was different from all earlier strikes. Surgical strike is not that easy. A lot of planning is needed. That's why it is special," he mentioned.
Also during his interaction with the media, General Rawat made it clear that India will not get scared by any threats of Pakistan, stating, "Dhamkion se agar dar gayen to aage kya karenge, gidad dhamkion se bharat darta nahi hai. (What will we do ahead iff we get scared of threats. These small threats doesn't scare India)
Further, the COAS called for the citizens of the country to trust the Indian army. He said, "I want to say to general public that have faith in your army and be fearless and live with your family. We are there on borders for you."