Despite the continuous barbaric acts committed by Pakistan on the Indian border, Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat has made it very clear India will not hand 'punishment in the same manner', while reiterating that options are available to hit back on the enemy.
In an exclusive to Republic TV, the Army chief said, "I have said there are options available, and what options can be undertaken are always planned and the execution when necessitated will be done. These kind of barbaric acts which are carried out by the terrorists are completely supported by the Pakistani Army and the ISI.
"When the time come they'll be punished, but not in the same manner, I mean if the Indian army ever punishes or the security forces ever punish, we do not carry out such barbaric acts. We are a very professional army. All acts that we conduct or any actions that we take are completely within the framework of Geneva conventions."
Claiming that the surgical strike had a special motive behind it, General Rawat added, "As I have been stating repeatedly that the surgical strikes had a particular incentive and motivation, that was to convey to the terrorists who are operating from across the borders that if you continue your activity and continue to spread mayhem and violence in the Kashmir valley and other areas of Jammu and Kashmir, then we reserve the right to come across and target your bases. So it was only a messaging that was done at that time, but we have found that inspite of this, the terrorists have continued with their activity."
Another major issue which General Rawat put emphasis upon was the elections in J&K. "We would like the elections to happen as it is for the benefit of the people. On the one hand, the local population has been complaining about the governance of Kashmir and has been talking about unemployment, lack of job opportunities, they have been talking about development. If the panchayat elections go through, then all these issues will be addressed because the power devolves to the people, jobs will be available and development activity according to the wishes of people can continue in the valley, in the Kashmir valley," he claimed.
Over the past few days, terrorists have committed number of heinous crimes in Kashmir, which included a brutal murder of a BSF jawan, which was followed by abduction and killing of three J&K policemen. Such antics resulted in the Indian government canceling off the proposed meet between the two countries at UNGA.
General Rawat, on many occasions, has spoken about the heinous acts committed by the terrorists on the border, claiming that Indian army is ready to give it back to them. On Sunday, he spoke about the possibility of another surgical strike, stating, "Surgical strike is a weapon of surprise. Let it remain a surprise."