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Kashmir edu system sows anti-India seed: Bipin Rawat

Kashmir edu system sows anti-India seed: Bipin Rawat

New Delhi, Jan 12 The armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been strongly retaliating to Pakistan's ceasefire violations and the aim has been to inflict pain on Pakistan Army to make it realise the cost of its support to terror groups, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said today.

Amid aggressive Chinese efforts to increase its influence in the region, the Army chief said India can not allow its neighbours to drift away to China.

Signalling a fundamental shift in the thinking among strategists in India, Gen Rawat said that India has for too long concentrated on the "western borders [Pakistan].we need to look at the northern borders [China] and next generation warfare".

"We felt that it was a change in status quo", he said adding that those large equipments have all now been withdrawn and talks through diplomatic channels are actively going on.

On a separate note General Rawat said that eliminating terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir won't hurt Pakistan. "We have to have good firewalls and systems", Rawat said, adding that the Army is "part of the national effort in ensuring cybersecurity".

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However, Rawat admitted that the Chinese troop strength in Doklam had gone down recently. It shows that we are better prepared: "Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on stylised bulletproof helmets", Rawat said at a press conference here.

He said the Army, having focused its operations in South Kashmir in 2017, would now shift its attention to areas in North Kashmir such as Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopire and Lolab. "The teachers who teach are also brought up in the same system", he said.

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. They had said the civilian teams went back when confronted by the Indian troops, but left behind two excavators and some other equipment.

"We will not allow our territory to be invaded upon".

General Rawat also said that unlike the conventional military, CBRN combat requires operations in a "highly unpredictable" environment, where the adversaries may use "asymmetrical" means to counter India. It will not be proper to comment on the issue, he said.