Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat& |  Photo Credit: IANS
New Delhi: As India is engaged in a bitter border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh sector, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat warned Pakistan against any “misadventure” in the western sector, saying Islamabad could suffer “heavy losses”.
While warning Pakistan against trying to take advantage of India’s border row with China, CDS Rawat said that New Delhi is well-prepared and a strategy is in place if Islamabad tries to create trouble in the western front.
He made the comments while attending the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum via video conference.
“If any threat develops around our northern borders, Pakistan could take advantage of that and create some trouble for us,” General Rawat said while attending the interactive session at the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.
“Therefore, we have taken adequate precaution to ensure that any such misadventure by Pakistan is sorted and they are not able to succeed in their mission. In fact, they may suffer heavy losses should they attempt any misadventure,” Gen Rawat said.
The CDS yet again asserted that Pakistan has been engaged in a proxy war against India and infiltrates terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir.
“The proxy war unleashed by Pakistan blocked India’s efforts at regional integration besides fomenting terrorism against India and exploiting our diverse faultlines,” he said.
Commenting on China’s military and economic cooperation with Pakistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Gen Rawat said it requires high levels of “preparations” by India.
“At the same time it poses the threat of coordinated action along the northern and western fronts which we have to consider in our defence planning,” the CDS asserted.
His comments come in the backdrop of the months-long India-China border standoff in eastern Ladakh. Tensions between the two Asian giants flared in eastern Ladakh after China unsuccessfully attempted to occupy Indian territory in the Southern Bank of Pangong lake on the intervening night of August 29-30.
However, the alert Indian Army preempted the People’s Liberation Army’s move and thwarted the attempt.
The Indian forces have occupied a number of strategic heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso and bolstered its presence in Finger 2 and Finger 3 areas.
Since May 2020, China has been continuously tried to change the status quo in many areas in eastern Ladakh, triggering a strong response from the Indian forces.