In a strong message to Pakistan, army chief General Bipin Rawat said that Islamabad should not test New Delhi’s patience. The army chief was addressing the Army Day ceremony at the Cariappa Prade Ground in the national capital.
“Pakistan ki sena ghuspaithiyo ki madad karti rehti hai, agar hame majboor kiya gaya to aur mazboot karyawahi karenge (The Pakistani army continues to help infiltrators. We will take even more stringent action if forced to do so.),” warned the General.
General Rawat said that the army responds effectively to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
The message comes on the day when six terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammed were killed while infiltrating in the Uri sector in J-K and seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border firing.
The terrorists were killed in Dulanja in a joint operation of the Jammu & Kashmir Police, the Indian Army and the CAPF.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh praised the forces for the quick action in tackling the terrorists who were members of the JeM’s suicide squad.
Congratulating the forces for neutralizing the terrorists, J-K DGP Sheesh Paul Vaid said that the security forces had inputs of possible attempts in infiltration from the Pakistani side ahead of the Republic Day.
The Indian Army also carried out a retaliatory firing in the Kotli sector of J-K in which seven personnel of the Pakistani Rangers were killed. India was reacting to a cross-border firing from the Pakistani side on Indian soldiers.
India had conducted a major surgical strike on terrorist camps in PoK to avenge the Uri attack of 18 September 2016 which led to the martyrdom of 19 soldiers. In the surgical strike which was conducted 11 days after the Uri attack, Indian special forces destroyed terrorist camps killing many terrorists.
At the Army Day ceremony, General Rawat also said that the terrorism in the north east have been contained “to a large extent” because of army’s intelligence based and people-friendly operations.