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

The Army chief also said that India won't allow its territory to be intruded by any country asserting that China may be a powerful country but India is not a weak nation either

Indian troops prepared to deal with China: Chief of Army Gen Bipin Rawat

It is "premature" to assess the impact of US President Donald Trump's policy of putting pressure on Pakistan will have and India will have to continue its job of fighting terror originating from the neigbouring country, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Friday.

"Unless the pain is felt by the Pakistan Army, it would send terrorists, who are disposable commodities for them".

Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a bitter standoff which lasted for 73 days last summer at Doklam - a trijunction of India, China and Bhutan, after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army from constructing a road in the area that is claimed by both China and Bhutan as their own. "Let's not expect USA to do what we are expected to do", said Rawat.

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

Addressing the media on the eve of Army Day, Gen Rawat said, "In the schools in Jammu and Kashmir, what teachers are teaching should not be taught". General Rawat said the Chinese had come with large manpower and equipment.

However, Rawat admitted that the Chinese troop strength in Doklam had gone down recently. Gen Rawat said, "We understand China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation".

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He highlighted that post the Doklam incident, the Army has increased patrolling activities in the northern border.

He said the Army, having focused its operations in South Kashmir in 2017, would now shift its attention to areas in North Kashmir such as Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopire and Lolab.

Asked about the "pressure" being exerted on Pakistan by USA, he said: "It would be premature to say what will be the impact of the pressure. The Chinese are also very clear", he said.

"The other issue is madrasas, what is being incorrectly informed to them (students) is from madrassas and masjids", he said.

He asked for a "wait-and-watch" approach on the impact of United States pressure on Pakistan, arguing that the U.S. also has its own compulsions vis-à-vis Pakistan. "Unlike conventional warfare, CBRN combat requires operating in a highly unpredictable environment, where functioning of man and machine in ideal harmony would be desirable", he said.

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