ISLAMABAD / NEW DELHI - Staff reporter/Agencies - Though the tension along the Line of Control have reduced considerably following a meeting between the two director generals military operations, Indian army chief on Monday sought to create a controversy by making yet another accusatory statement.
Indian army chief General Bikram Singh, speaking at an annual press conference, said, “We will pay Pakistan back in the same coin.”
“If rules are followed by our neighbours, we follow them. If rules are broken, we would not sit on it, we will break them too.”
“Ceasefire violations have continued. Since the agreement on the ceasefire violation, there has been a reduction in violations. After that these ceasefire violations have been for infiltration bids,” he added.
In response, the Pakistan Army called for restraint and said: “That (Indian chief’s statement) was contrary to the facts on ground.” “Such accusation and provocative statements are regrettable and counterproductive.”
“Pakistan army respects the ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit,” the spokesperson for Pakistan military said.
In his statement, the Indian army chief further said there was zero tolerance towards human rights violation. Asked about AAP leader Prashant Bhushan’s statement to withdraw troops from Indian-held Kashmir, Indian army chief refused to comment.
said as the head of the army, he never commented on politics.
General Singh further voiced his opposition against tampering with AFSPA in J&K and added the Army must stay in the state.
He also warned of a spillover from Afghanistan in held-Kashmir in 2014, when US troops would pull out, saying intelligence inputs alluded to this.