Indian Army Chief - "CBRN Weapons Threat from Non-State Actors Becoming Reality"


Social media and government schools in Jammu and Kashmir are spreading a "disinformation campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youths, army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Friday, and called for "some control" over mosques and madarsas in the state. General Rawat was speaking to reporters in New Delhi.

However, Rawat admitted that the Chinese troop strength in Doklam had gone down recently. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we can not cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. It shows that we are better prepared: "Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on stylised bulletproof helmets", Rawat said at a press conference here.

India Today had first reported about a sudden spurt of transgressions, air-space violations soon after the Doklam stand-off ended. "Most come from schools where there is a lot of disinformation and the education being given is wrong", Rawat was quoted as saying.

The issue has been resolved through established mechanism, spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said yesterday.

The "Chinese troops may" chose a different location.

Asked about Chinese incursions, he said, "We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone".

Rawat, who was talking to reporters, said that minor construction continues to take place in Doklam but previous year the face-off happened because it saw personnel from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) moving in large amount of equipment.

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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.

Gen Rawat said South Kashmir was focus of the Army's counter-terror operations after killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in 2016. "But we are capable of (militarily) handling this assertiveness along the border...the terrain is to our advantage", he said.

He however added that if there is a drop in infiltration, the Indian Army will fully follow the ceasefire. "They [Pakistan Army] are now feeling the pain".

"When government put a cap, we said we will review the policy and ensure only genuine people get benefit", he said.

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.

He said that the system that came in place after the 1971 war was aimed at helping the family of martyrs, but was however also misused.