By The Telegraph, Calcutta
New Delhi: Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Tuesday said the country must be prepared for short wars if Pakistan-supported violence in Jammu and Kashmir spread and intensified.
Recent instances of “terrorist violence are clear pointers” that this “arc of violence” could be extended to other areas, he told a seminar on Tuesday morning to mark 50 years of the 1965 war with Pakistan.
“In that context we have to be prepared for the short and swift nature of future wars that are likely to offer limited warning time,” he said.
“This calls for maintaining high levels of operational preparedness at all times, something that has now become inherent in our strategy.”
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The new Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on the first day of holding office issued a stern warning to Pakistan referring to alleged beheading incidents of soldiers, stating that the said actions would get an “intense and immediate” response, a report published on the Times of India website said.
The alleged beheading of an Indian soldier, Lance Naik Hemraj, by Pakistani soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector on January 8, 2013 came under highlight.
The newly appointed army chief upon receiving the guard of honour addressed reporters on the occasion and said that there would be timely reciprocation of such incidents.
General Dalbir was asked how the Indian side had given a ‘befitting reply’ to Pakistan over Hemraj’s alleged beheading as stated by former army chief General Bikram Singh.
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