NEW DELHI: The Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Thursday claimed that India has given a befitting reply to Pakistan after the Pakistani troops beheaded an Indian soldier in 2013 on the Line of Control (LoC). He did not rule out the possibility of skirmishes on the western front in future.
He admitted, talking to reporters before demitting office, that face-offs between Indian and Chinese Army soldiers take place while patrolling ‘claimed areas’ along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) but are dealt in accordance with existing mechanisms. He was asked if India had given a befitting reply after the January 8, 2013 beheading incident, to which he said, “It has been done. Please understand that when we use force, it is from a tactical, operational and strategic level. When I mention that during the incident it was aimed at operations and on a tactical level, which have been undertaken. I think this has been done by a local commander, the chiefs have nothing to do with it,” quoted General Singh.
After the incident, he had said during a press conference that the army would retaliate at a time and place of its choosing. He gave the statement six days after the incident where Pakistani Special Forces and terrorists beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and mutilated another Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh along the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
“There was no such possibility with China,” responding to a question on the possibility of a skirmish with China and Pakistan, adding, “I do not foresee this as we have robust mechanisms in place. There is an understanding at a macro level. When I went to China, there was a tremendous understanding between the two countries and I do not foresee any contingency of a skirmish and there are very comprehensive rules of engagement.”
He said on Pakistan, “On the western front, you know very well that the Line of Control has traditionally been a very active border at a tactical level, there is fire always from across the border.”
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