Surgical Balakot strikes demonstrate political will to fight terror says Army Chief

first_imgSurgical, Balakot strikes demonstrate political will to fight terror, says Army Chief Bipin RawatSpeaking of the transformation of the Army since the Kargil War in 1999, General Bipin Rawat said tri-service wings dedicated to space, cyber and special operations are the way forward for jointness or synergy in the armed forces to combat future challenges.advertisement Next Abhishek Bhalla New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 00:10 IST We have come a long way since Kargil. We need to be prepared for future wars and cannot let our guard down: General Bipin Rawat (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGeneral Bipin Rawat on Saturday said the surgical strikes demonstrated India has the political will to respond against terror”We have come a long way since Kargil. We need to be prepared for future wars,” he further saidHe spoke at an event in New Delhi to commemorate 20 years of the Kargil WarIndian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said that the surgical strikes after the Uri attack in 2017 and this year’s airstrike on a terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, by the Indian Air Force demonstrated that India has the political will to respond against terror.Speaking at an event in New Delhi to commemorate 20 years of the Kargil War, General Rawat said a political will along with proactive diplomacy is the key to success in military matters.”We are working in a coordinated manner for a cogent and synchronised national response against sub-conventional and asymmetric threats by any adversary. Surgical and Balakot strikes have amply demonstrated our political and military will against terror. Any act of terror will not go unpunished,” said Bipin Rawat while referring to the current challenges for the armed forces.The reference to the synergy between the military and diplomacy could be in the context of the Doklam stand-off with China and Balakot airstrikes.In both instances, the military and diplomatic channels made efforts to work in a coordinated manner to leave little scope for speculation.Speaking of the transformation of the Army since the Kargil War in 1999, General Bipin Rawat said tri-service wings dedicated to space, cyber and special operations are the way forward for jointness or synergy in the armed forces to combat future challenges.”We have come a long way since Kargil. We need to be prepared for future wars and cannot let our guard down,” General Bipin Rawat further said.He also stressed on the need for capability enhancement and fast track procurement.”While the armed forces have to be prepared for multi-spectrum challenges, at the same time need to be ready for conventional wars,” Bipin Rawat added.The Army Chief said the changing dynamics of cyber and space domains are the biggest challenges for the future.”We must be prepared for future conflicts that will be more violent and unpredictable as technology will be the key driver in future wars,” said Bipin Rawat.ALSO READ | Future wars would be more violent, unpredictable: Army chief Bipin RawatALSO READ | Let there be no doubt: No act of terror will go unpunished, says Army chief General RawatALSO WATCH | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terror; Al Qaeda chief threatens India; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharmalast_img