Be Prepared for Small Wars, Says Army Chief

Published: 02nd September 2015 04:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd September 2015 04:21 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: India’s armed forces need to be prepared at all times for ‘short wars’, given the frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the border, Army chief General Dalbir Singh  said while accusing Pakistan of using “new methods “for creating unrest” in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a tri-service seminar in the capital on Tuesday on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of India’s victory in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, Singh said recent incidents of terrorist violence and infiltration bids were clear pointers towards Pakistan’s attempts to extend the arc of violence. He said the commitment of the force has increased manifold in scope and intensity over the past few years.

There has been a surge of peace pact violations by Pakistan in recent times — while there were 55 violations of the August 2003 ceasefire agreement, there have been over 245 such incidents this year — an increase of 345 per cent.

Singh also said the military was “acutely aware” that “swift, short nature of future wars” are likely to offer limited warning time. “This calls for maintaining very high levels of operational preparedness at all times,” he said.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who also spoke on the occasion, said the security situation is more complex and nuanced than earlier and called for round-the-clock vigilance.

“The security environment today is complex, nuanced compared to earlier. Therefore, we need to be vigilant so that all emerging challenges are suitably addressed,” Parrikar said.

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