'China, Pak major security irritants'
Describing China and Pakistan as two irritants to India’s security, Army chief General VK Singh ruled out the possibility of an all-out conventional war with the neighbours but cautioned against skirmishes. Rahul Singh reports.india Updated: Oct 16, 2010 08:49 IST
Describing China and Pakistan as two irritants to India’s security, Army chief General VK Singh ruled out the possibility of an all-out conventional war with the neighbours but cautioned against skirmishes.
"An all-out conventional war may be highly uncertain, nevertheless skirmishes can occur. We should have a great amount of conventional capability…yet be prepared to function in a nuclear backdrop,” Singh said on Friday.
His comments came at a seminar on Indian Army: Emerging Roles and Tasks, organised by defence think tank Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). Singh flagged concerns about the border dispute with China, its rising military capabilities and the flourishing terror infrastructure in Pakistan.
The Army chief said the border with China might be stable but the armed forces could not take any chances as the dispute remained unresolved. He said India should be watchful of Beijing’s intentions and its rising military and economic capabilities.
Defence Minister AK Antony had drawn attention to China’s increasing assertiveness last month. On Pakistan, the General said, “There is a problem of governance in Pakistan where terror outfits receive support and internal situation is not very good…Till the time the terror infrastructure remains in tact there, we have something to worry.”