Prepared for military action on border, says Indian army chief

Published: September 1, 2015
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A file photo of Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh. PHOTO: AFP

Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh claimed on Tuesday that they were prepared to face any military action on the border with their ‘western neighbours’ if the need arises. His comments come in the backdrop of intense ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC).

On Friday, cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people, including six civilians in Sialkot.

More than 40 were treated for wounds in hospital in the town of Sialkot, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

On Tuesday, speaking at the Tri-Service Seminar on the 1965 Indo-Pak War, Singh said a high-level of operational preparedness at all times had become part of India’s strategy as short nature of future wars offered limited warning time.

“As we look ahead, we can see our threats and challenges become more complex. As a result, the commitments of the Indian Army have increased manifold in scope and intensity in past few years,” he said.

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His comments are followed by Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s statement blaming India for trying to impose war on Pakistan.

Asif had cautioned India it would suffer “heavy losses” if it tries to “impose” a war on his country.

After the cancellation of the talks between the National Security Advisors of both sides, following disagreements over the agenda for talks, both countries have accused the other of violating the ceasefire agreement that has led to loss of civilian lives as well as casualties to the defence forces.

Pakistan last month said Indian forces had committed over 70 unprovoked ceasefire violations on the LoC and the Working Boundary in July and August respectively.

The article originally appeared on The Hindu

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Azi
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:20PM

    Sir, if you think that statement is enough to bring back trust of majority of Indians back in their military then I’m afraid its a no. What you need to do first is dispel the thought within Indians that the army is capable of achieving better things than catching pigeons and planets. But like wise, Pak Army is also prepared. Your country’s agents in Pakistan are already defeated and are on their final breaths. Recommend

  • Ok!
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:22PM

    Bring it on!Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:46PM

    india will start it. pakistan will finish it. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:07PM

    ok do it man. yaaaaawwwwnnnnnRecommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:12PM

    What would any one expect from their leader Modi who’s hands are drenched with the blood of innocent Muslims in his home State of Gujarat when he was the Chief Minister. He can not absolve himself from that crime because the world knew it and it was the CIA which reported his atrocities to the US government at that time and the US government decided to ban his entry into the United States for almost a decade. Can Indians deny his participation in that massacre. He was allowed to come to US because he was elected the prime minister of India but the US State Department has not altered their convictions about Modi, the man is still considered murderer. He wants war which is unnecessary but if the war is imposed on Pakistan, the Pakistani nation will get united and fight because their home land is threatened by this fanatic Hindu. I think he is misjudging the resolve of the Pakistani nation, although we fight and criticize each other daily but if it comes to India or any other aggressor, I say to Indians, make no mistake, the nation will stand as a rock and will retaliate to defend their home land, I am from Mardan and I know that Pukhtuns will stand up again to defend their country as they have done it before time and again. Indians will find out that the Tribal people from KPK and the people from Baluchistan will be in the forefront to fight them. Some saner elements in India should remind Modi that it is not 1971, Pakistan is stronger today than ever was and his belligerency could start a situation where he will have no control over it because it will become a matter of survival for Pakistanis. Pakistan is a smaller nation but their resolve to live in freedom is unmistakable and will never accept the Hindu Raj in their part of the world. I think it is time for the UN observers to publish their report immediately to the world, who is violating the disputed border between these two countries. It is also high time for Pakistani security services to round up Indian agents in Karachi (we know who they are) and Baluchistan and make them an example to the Indian, enough is enough for their threats.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:13PM

    Not only Pak Army is ready to defend its borders, also Pak Nation is fully prepared and ready to fight back…Pak Army and the whole nation will give a merciless response to Indian agression…Pak nation is addicted of bomb blasts and killings, lets Indians take the same taste now…Recommend

  • Suleman
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:32PM

    There are only two forces in the world,the sword and the spirit.In the long run sword will always be conquered by the spirit.(Napoleon Bonaparte)…India has swords but we have spirits so the result of any battle between Pakistan and India is clear…..Recommend

  • curious2
    Sep 1, 2015 - 10:00PM

    Both sides need to shut up and let things settle down. It’s easy to inadvertently start a war – darn tough to stop once it’s started.
    .
    I recall that during the Cold War Ronald Regan was fond of making anti Soviet speeches – little did he know that his speeches were taken seriously by the Kremlin who thought Regan was going to launch an attack. CIA politely told Regan to tone it down (shut up). Recommend

  • Ravi
    Sep 1, 2015 - 10:26PM

    @Name

    Please do not get overagitated. Read carefully what indian army chief has said. He has asked soldiers to be prepared for limited war. This requires different levels of preparations n strategy.

    As for you cursing indians for electing Modi, well you do not have any say in our politics. Recommend

  • Indian
    Sep 1, 2015 - 10:37PM

    In case a war took between India and Pakistan… I don’t think Pakistan could stand for more than 3-4 days. After that it will b part of India.Recommend

  • Patwari
    Sep 1, 2015 - 10:47PM

    @Indian:
    keep on dreaming ! BTW, why does the man look like a character from the past, from British India?Recommend

  • Samir
    Sep 1, 2015 - 11:05PM

    And what would they like to achieve with a short war? Grab some plots in DHA lahore? They cant hold kashmir and think they can hold an inch of pakistan which is boiling with hatred for hindu fanatics in power right now. This statement shows the level of competence of indian generalsRecommend

  • Javed Afridi
    Sep 1, 2015 - 11:15PM

    @Indian:
    Lol.Recommend

  • Aman
    Sep 1, 2015 - 11:18PM

    Well the army chief has rightly suggested that future conflicts will be short, limited events which require high level of operational preparedness. The era if large armies crossing international borders is over. India needs to remain vigilant against multi faceted threats, both external and internalRecommend

  • Aman
    Sep 1, 2015 - 11:47PM

    Aftr 5-6 days pak+india= Great IndiaRecommend

  • Raj
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:00AM

    Everyone in India knows our army is a joke now. This chief is only using rhetoric to build up confidence against the armed forces who aren’t ready to fight.Recommend

  • hari
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:05AM

    @Patwari:
    When an Army man wears his hat this way, fear, fear to the core, because he is a Gorkha.Recommend

  • usman777
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:24AM

    This is their chief? What would they do if were numerically equal in population? Abdul Kalam Road would remain Auragnzeb Road. Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:26AM

    We 20 crore nation ready at all time and we LOVE to fight. Make it ON and will let you know where then can you find parts of India.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:27AM

    and what would India gain? Even IF it was victorius? This childish demeanor doesn’t go well .. But I suppose after having seen his attire in the pic I shouldn’t really be surprised.Recommend

  • Sam
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:52AM

    Its so easy to say – “lets go to war” or “bring it on” … Hiroshima & Nagasaki were not enough … its when 500 million people die in Pakistan and India that we will realize that war is wrong. The only ones who will benefit from an Indo Pak war are rats & cockroaches.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:10AM

    India will lose any “limited war” it starts with Pakistan because it has neither the necessary amount of troops nor the technological edge to win this limited war. The danger is that once India’s stupid leaders realize that they are losing they might be tempted to escalate the war well if both sides have nuclear weapons you can imagine what could happen.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:20AM

    @Indian: You have overestimated the length of any such nuclear war. However the nuclear winter over India will be for much longer.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:21AM

    @Patwari: Right, he looks like he’s ready to lathee charge the natives !Recommend

  • a_writer
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:11AM

    Good God ! when will these two nations grow up!Recommend

  • Lala
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:34AM

    Bangladesh operation was a short war too.Recommend

  • true believer
    Sep 2, 2015 - 7:14AM

    funy to see frustrated and hald baked brain out of pakistanis. Recommend

  • Umar
    Sep 2, 2015 - 9:28AM

    Get ready for short war ? I think he should get ready for some glucose injectionsRecommend

  • Ikram Yousefzai
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:06AM

    How Cute :)Recommend

  • Free Soul
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:15AM

    He seems to be a comic character.Recommend

  • rk
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:50PM

    Dear Friends war is a serious business,let us give it a wide berth .Neighbors have to reconcile however long it takes.Let us give peace a chance for our coming generations. Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:30PM

    This chief is such a joker that he doesn’t even realize that for a limited war India has no edge over Pakistan in anyway, just because the war is limited to a limited area for a limited time, so not all the Indian army could take part nor all the ammunition could be used. This makes India and Pakistan equal for a limited war. For full fledged war, India could have had the edge because of her superior numbers, but even that is gone after going nuclear. Who ever consumes her resources first would be forced to use the nukes, most likely all of them at once, unless some international intervention forces the ceasefire before reaching that point which is the most likely possibility. So what India would achieve in either case? Nothing, but certainly lose much more than Pakistan.Recommend

  • harkol
    Sep 2, 2015 - 7:08PM

    An entirely unnecessary statement by General. What has to be done needs to be done. No point in talking about it.Recommend

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