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Will Call Pakistan's Nuke Bluff If Tasked To Cross Border: Army Chief

Will Call Pakistan's Nuke Bluff If Tasked To Cross Border: Army Chief

Speaking on the recent cases of reported intrusion along the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh, the Army supremo said that China is exerting pressure. Troops are earmarked, should a situation arise our troops are ready to cater. "We felt they will try to claim the whole Doklam... Very soon we will have a hotline with the Chinese side", the Army Chief said at a press conference.

Addressing the media here, Gen Rawat said the time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border and the country was capable of handling China's assertiveness along it.

In a question over radicalisation of the youth in the valley, he said, "A lot of radicalisation is happening in Jammu and Kashmir on social media".

"Our impression was that they looked like changing the status quo", Rawat said, according to The Hindu. "We have increased our patrolling intensity, so has the adversary (China)".

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Last year Indian troops blocked the PLA from constructing a road through the south Doklam Plateau sparking a 73-day stand-off in which troops were deployed eye-ball-to eye -ball. There is thinning happening, a large amount of troops have gone out (from the time of the face-off) but Chinese tents, observation posts, storage shelters and structures remain there. "This year it will shift to North Kashmir's Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore and Lolab and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there", he said.

Significantly Gen Rawat warned Pakistan not use the threat of nuclear war against India, "If Pakistan were to raise the nuclear boogie, I think we will call the bluff", he said.

Amid aggressive Chinese efforts to increase its influence in the region, the army chief said that India can not allow its neighbours to drift away to China. "We have to get systems that are best suited for our requirements", he said. "We should start preparing for the next kind of warfare, which are cyber and information warfare".

Rawat said that the Army was focusing on bolstering its capacity to move ammunition from one sector to another. Why do we need a separate map for J&K?