India steps up China border patrols, vows to handle 'assertiveness'

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It is "premature" to assess the impact of US President Donald Trump's policy of putting pressure on Pakistan will have and India will have to continue its job of fighting terror originating from the neigbouring country, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Friday. Terrorists are a disposable commodity in Pakistan and the Indian Army approach has been to ensure that it feels the pain, he said.

Addressing the customary annual press conference of the Army ahead of the Army Day on January 15, General Rawat for the first time talked in detail about the India-China stand-off on the Doklam plateau along the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China for over two months.

However, ceasefire violations by both sides has become a norm in recent years with 2017 witnessing an unprecedented 830-plus violations along the LoC as against 228 in 2016.

Image Attribute: Indian Army's Chief General Bipin Rawat inaugurated a workshop and exhibition of CBRN defense technologies at DRDO. "Unless the pain is not felt by its forces, and it is a victim of its own actions, Pakistan army won't learn", he said.

"The focus has to shift to the northern borders (with China)". This, he said, will lead to cutting off routes of infiltration used by militants after crossing the LoC, from where they move to south Kashmir. However, there is no let up on the number of terrorists and infiltrators.

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"We may have neutralised several terrorists but we have also caught 39 of them alive because we wanted to give them a second chance", Rawat added.

General Rawat, who had previously also highlighted on the need for technologically advanced weapons and equipment, said that threat from CBRN weapons is fast becoming a concern.

"Education in government schools has been corrupted".

"If you go to any Kashmir school, you will find two maps - one is the map of India and one is the map of Jammu and Kashmir". The message going to a child's mind is that he/she has a separate identity as J&K resident.

"The other issue is that of madrassas and masjids... what is being informed to them or incorrectly informed to them is through these madrassas and masjids. some kind of control is to be exercised there and that is what we are looking at".

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