New Delhi, Jan 12 The armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been strongly retaliating to Pakistan's ceasefire violations and the aim has been to inflict pain on Pakistan Army to make it realise the cost of its support to terror groups, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said today.
"Ceasefire violations have increased because Pakistan posts supporting terrorists are being destroyed", he said.
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.
The Army chief said China has emerged as a powerful country, adding that dealing with the Communist giant was the government's job. "We also need to build capacity to move forces from western sector to northern sectors".
Taking a hard line on the education system of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, General Rawat came down strongly on government-run schools as well, claiming teachers were "misleading" students, the report said.
Hundreds of Chinese and Indian troops faced off previous year on the Doklam plateau, a small strip close to the intersection between China , India and Bhutan.
Amid aggressive Chinese efforts to increase its influence in the region, the army chief said that India can not allow its neighbours to drift away to China.
The Army chief was sceptical about US President Donald Trump's stern warning to Pakistan against harbouring terrorists leading to any concrete change on the ground as far as India was concerned.
Stating that "terrorism in J&K is not over", Gen Rawat said the Army will shift its focus to north Kashmir this year, after having focused on south Kashmir last year. "But we are capable of (militarily) handling this assertiveness along the border...the terrain is to our advantage", he said. "The Chinese are also very clear", he said.
To a question about Chinese incursions into India, he said, "We will not allow our territory to be invaded by anyone". "The other issue is of the madrasas and masjids - what is being informed to them (the students) or incorrectly informed to them is through the madrasas and masjids". "We have to look at what we require to fight the future wars", he said.