Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today said the force was ready to call Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.
"We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff," Gen. Rawat said. He was responding to a question during a press conference on possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorates.
In reply to another question, he said India and the US were deliberating on a proposal to appoint military liaison officers at each other's combatant commands. "We are examining various dimensions of the proposal," he said.
He also said the threat of the use of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear weapons, collectively termed as CBRN, was becoming a "reality", particularly from "non-state actors". Rawat said that unlike the conventional military, CBRN combat requires operations in a "highly unpredictable" environment, where the adversaries may use "asymmetrical" means to counter India.
"The threat of the use of CBRN weapons is indeed becoming a reality, particularly as a threat from non-state actors. Use of CBRN weapons could jeopardize life and property and take a long time to recover," Rawat said. The chief of army staff made the remarks at the inauguration of a workshop on CBRN defence technologies at the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) headquarters here. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was scheduled to inaugurate the event, did not attend, citing pressing engagements elsewhere.
Rawat said in the absence of any restraint, the best way to keep the nation secure was to develop protection, technologies, equipment and systems and impart advanced training to soldiers. "Unlike conventional warfare, CBRN combat requires operating in a highly unpredictable environment, where functioning of man and machine in perfect harmony would be desirable," he said.
Article Type: Report Sections: India Agencies: PTI Cities: New Delhi Tags: United States Pakistan Nirmala Sitharaman Bipin Rawat India Pakistan Fri, 12 Jan 2018-11:41pm Date updated: Friday, 12 January 2018 - 11:55pm Article Images:
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