Threat of CBRN weapons becoming a 'reality', says Rawat

China powerful India not weak either Gen Rawat

Threat of CBRN weapons becoming a 'reality', says Rawat

China's People Liberation Army (PLA) now controls the northern part of the Doklam Plateau, Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat said on Friday. Terrorists are a disposable commodity in Pakistan and the Indian Army approach has been to ensure that it feels the pain, he said.

Responding to US Ambassador Ken Juster's proposal for "reciprocal military liaison officers at each other's combatant commands" by the US and Indian armies, General Rawat said that the proposal is still being debated and considered.

The Army chief said that the forces need to update weapons and technology from time to time.

Gen. Rawat said the army was working on a plan to open two schools, and once they are operational, instead of granting financial aid, children of martyrs and physically disabled soldiers who are eligible for the help will be given admission in these schools.

Gen. Rawat said the government was considering procuring the missile system from Israel using the government-to-government route.

However, Rawat admitted that the Chinese troop strength in Doklam had gone down recently.

The Army chief was sceptical about US President Donald Trump's stern warning to Pakistan against harbouring terrorists leading to any concrete change on the ground as far as India was concerned. But now, the focus will be shifted to areas in North Kashmir, he said.

On combating terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army Chief asserted that "We may have neutralised several terrorists but we have also caught 39 of them alive because we wanted to give them a second chance". "The Chinese are also very clear", he said.

The issue has been resolved through established mechanism, spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said yesterday.

"Even if it would have escalated we were prepared (as) the terrain usually favours us". "China is trying to exert pressure, but we will not allow our territory to be encouraged".

He also attacked the Madarsa institutions for incorrectly informing the students and spreading falsehood, saying, "The government needs to open more CBSE schools in the valley". We have to look at what we require to fight the future wars.

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