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On Pak PM's visit, army chief prefers no comment

HT Correspondent  Chandigarh, March 09, 2013
First Published: 20:37 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:52 IST(9/3/2013)

Army chief General Bikram Singh on Saturday refused to comment on Pakistan prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's visit to India in wake of tensions between the two countries over recent killing of soldiers during cross-border skirmishes, particularly on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

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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."

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