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Posted at: Sep 11, 2017, 12:41 AM; last updated: Sep 11, 2017, 12:53 AM (IST)

Army Chief stands by ‘two front war’ statement

Army Chief stands by ‘two front war’ statement
General Bipin Rawat

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, September 10

General Bipin Rawat has reiterated his statement on potential two front war with China and Pakistan. General Rawat, who was in Dehradun to attend the Foundation Day celebrations of his alma mater Cambrian Hall, said this while interacting with mediapersons yesterday. He reiterated his recent statement in which he had said that the country should be prepared for a potential two front war with China and Pakistan.

General Rawat’s recent statement on potential two front war with China and Pakistan was recently criticized by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson. But General Rawat has stood by his statement.

He also termed withdrawal of Chinese forces from Doklam as a big victory for India. “Withdrawal of Chinese forces from Doklam is both political and military victory for India”, he pointed out.

Referring to insurgency in Kashmir valley, General Rawat asserted that while defence forces were for peace in the valley, but any misadventure from across would be dealt with effectively. He said anti-terror operations are being successfully conducted in the valley.

He also welcomed appointment of full time defence minister in the country asserting that this would led to better coordination between army and the defence ministry, thus adding to strengthening of country’s security.

Nirmala Sitharaman was recently appointed as full time defence minister of the country.

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