India and Pakistan Came Close to Full-Blown War Twice in Last One Year, Reveal Army Sources

By SnrMgr at 2019-12-20 • 0 collector • 95 pageviews

As speculation swirls around General Bipin Rawat becoming India's first Chief of Defence Staff, the Army Chief himself is busy with another concern: the situation at the Line of Control.

In an interaction with journalists on Wednesday, he said that Pakistanis have been trying to send in Border Action Teams every three or four days and the Indian Army foiled two such attempts in the last 72 hours. A 21-year-old jawan in Sunderbani died while trying to stop the infiltration attempt.

"The situation at the Pakistan Border can escalate anytime. The Army is always prepared for an escalatory matrix," Gen Bipin Rawat said 12 days before he retires as the Army Chief.

There has been much speculation about Gen Rawat becoming the first CDS of India. While the government of India is yet to officially announce any thing, senior army sources have told CNN-News18 that the CDS's role will look at integration of services and streamlining of procurement, but will not have any operational control.

General Rawat’s statement on increasing border tension comes amid rising number of ceasefire violations post the abrogation of Article 370 and the spilt of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

Top sources have told CNN-News18 that India and Pakistan came close to a full-blown war on at least two occasions in the last one year. A day after the Balakot airstrike on February 26, the Pakistani Air Force in a tit-for-tat action had targeted India's military installations in the Rajouri-Poonch sector.

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