The Indian Army will focus on anti-militancy operations in “North Kashmir” in 2018, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said Friday.
“In 2017, our focus of the operations was in South Kashmir. This year it will shift its gaze to North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore, Lolab valley and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there,” Gen Rawat told reporters in New Delhi.
On the increased cases of ceasefire violations and cross-border firing in Kashmir, the COAS said that India is ready to retaliate against any threat and will continue the approach till it sees a decrease in violations.
“The casualties which Pakistan has suffered are three to four times more than we did. Pakistan is sending messages regularly to return to the ceasefire. We are ready, but we will continue till we see a decrease in ceasefire violation,” he added.
Reacting for the first time, since the United States threatened to suspend the financial aid being given to Pakistan, the Army chief said that New Delhi should not be expecting that Washington will take over the work that it needs to do. He averred that it was premature to talk how much of an impact it would have on Islamabad. He said, “It would be too premature to start saying that everything is going to be hunky-dory. Let’s not expect the US to do what we are expected to do.”
(File photo of General Rawat)