Surgical Strikes Will Happen Again If Need Arises, Says Army Chief

General Bipin Rawat said that surgical strikes will be repeated if “adversaries do not understand”.

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Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said that surgical strikes would be carried out again, should the need arise.

Speaking with the media in Delhi, Rawat said that last year’s surgical strikes were “conducted to send a message” and if “adversaries do not understand, it will be repeated.”

He said that the terrorists on the other side of the border were prepared, and the Indian Army was prepared too on their side of the border.

Woh (terrorists) idhar aayenge, hum unko receive karke, dhai foot jameen ke neeche bhejte rahenge (The terrorists will come here, we’ll receive them and send them two-and-a-half feet below the ground.).

Rawat’s comment comes a day after the army killed four militants in Uri, foiling an attack similar to last year which claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.

India had launched surgical strikes against suspected militants on 29 September 2016, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, eleven days after the Uri attack.

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