Ops will move to north this year: Army Chief

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In a provocative statement, India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said the force was ready to call Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the New Delhi government.

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

The Army chief said India was repeatedly receiving requests from Pakistan to honour the 2003 ceasefire agreement because the damage was heavier on the other side.

"We recognise that China is a powerful nation, but let us not forget we are not a weak nation either ... If given the task, we will not say we can not cross the border because they have nuclear weapons", he said.

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. We will defend it which is our charter", General Rawat said. Chinese troops were very well equipped. "We have focused too long on the western side (bordering Pakistan)", the Army chief said.

To a question about Chinese incursions into India, he said, "We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone".

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Expanding the threats, the Chief of Army Staff said the Chinese focus may move to possibility of cyber attacks and information warfare rather than physical hostilities along the LAC.

The stand-off was resolved after Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened and took up the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg during the G-20 summit previous year. "But we are capable of (militarily) handling this assertiveness along the border...the terrain is to our advantage", he said.

"What is being incorrectly informed to them (youth of Kashmir) is through the madrasas and the masjids".

He said India will have to continue its policy of dealing sternly with cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, notwithstanding the pressure on Pakistan by the US. "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.

The PLA has been executing military training instructions issued by President Xi Jinping on January 3.

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