Responding to journalists' queries on the sidelines of a convention of an organisation, The War Decorated India, at Chandigarh, he said the decision to allow the visit was a political one, and being the army chief he would not like to comment on it: "We have conveyed our sentiments to the government."
On ceasefire violations by Pakistan, he said he would reiterate his January 14 statement, when he had said the army reserved the right to retaliate at the time and place of their choice and he expected all his commanders to be aggressive and offensive. He added that reactions to truce violations were decided at a lower level, not by the army chief.
On the building up of infrastructure by China along the border with India, he said that India was doing the same: "China is building infrastructure on its side and we are doing it in our area. It is an ongoing process."