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Senior Indian army officer warns of ‘attacking’ Pakistan Army HQ

SRINAGAR: A senior Indian army officer has said attacking Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi was an option with the Indian army.

Brigadier J S Cheema of the Indian army’s Baramulla-based 19th Infantry Division made these remarks while addressing a conference organized by the Army to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of 1965 war at Army’s strategic Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters, said a report published in Rising Kashmir.

“What are we waiting for? Another 26/11?” he said.

Brig Cheema said New Delhi should deal with Islamabad the way the United States dealt with Pakistan when it carried the Operation Neptune Spear in May 2011 that resulted in the death of the former Al-Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

He said Indian Army had already carried attacks inside another country – Myanmar – by attacking the camps of its rebel leaders and attacking Pakistan Army headquarters would not be something new.

Indian Army had “crossed over to Myanmar territory” and launched a massive search involving hundreds of Army men and helicopters to track down the rebels during the operation.

Brig Cheema also said that the Army needs to play a role in making the separatist leadership in Kashmir irrelevant.

Brig Cheema said if Army does not indulge in human rights violations, separatists would be marginalized.

Chalking out roles for the Army, he said, “Our job is to maintain the sanctity of the borders and help in maintaining peace in the hinterland.”

Major General Raj Shukla of the 19th Infantry Division, in his speech said, New Delhi need not worry about the growing Islamabad-Beijing military partnership.

“China has never come to the rescue of Pakistan in wars,” he said. “That kind of military assistance is not forthcoming although there is transfer of military technology and the economic corridor coming up between the two countries.”

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