Indian army chief pitches for control over mosques, madrasas, schools in Kashmir

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Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said that India will not allow its territory to be invaded by anyone and asserted that Indian Army troops were earmarked should a situation arise in the future.

Acknowledging the suspension of military aid to Pakistan by the US, General Rawat averred it was premature to talk how much of an impact it would have on Pakistan, India and the extended neighborhood. "We have begun an investigation but it must not discourage soldiers", Rawat said.

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

"Already, Pakistan has suffered 3-4 times higher casualties due to the retaliatory action following the ceasefire violation", he said in his annual media briefing ahead of Army Day. General Rawat said the Chinese had come with large manpower and equipment.

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.

"The time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border. We are prepared to handle", the Army Chief said while assuring that the security forces are manning the border continuously. "We returned to our side on the watershed and the Chinese moved by an equal distance", he said.

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He also said that the Army can call Pakistan's nuclear bluff.

The government said Indian and Chinese troops have resolved through established mechanism the issue related to China's attempt to build a road in the Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh.

He asked for a "wait-and-watch" approach on the impact of United States pressure on Pakistan, arguing that the U.S. also has its own compulsions vis-à-vis Pakistan.

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 past year.

"What is being incorrectly informed to them (youth of Kashmir) is through the madrasas and the masjids". "Unlike conventional warfare, CBRN combat requires operating in a highly unpredictable environment, where functioning of man and machine in flawless harmony would be desirable", he said.

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