India will pay Pakistan back in the same coin: Army chief

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General-Bikram-SinghAmidst tensions on the border with Pakistan, Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday rejected allegations that the Indian Army was not retaliating strongly during ceasefire violations by its South Asian neighbour.

Speaking to media at the annual press conference on the enhancement of combat power and operational readiness in the Indian Army, General Singh said that the Indian Army makes attempts to control the situation at the border and not escalate it.

Any militant who crosses the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir will be fired at, General Singh said.

His comments came as reports in the Pakistani media blamed India for violating the ceasefire and firing at a civilian near the LoC.

He, however, added that “attempts are on to ensure ceasefire agreements are adhered to by both sides. It is our endeavour to control it, not escalate it”.

“If rules are followed by our neighbours, we follow them too. If rules are broken, we won’t sit on it, we will break them too,” he said.

“We will pay Pakistan back in the same coin,” added the Army chief.