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The Indian army chief accused Pakistan of employing “new methods to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir”.—AFP/File
The Indian army chief accused Pakistan of employing “new methods to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir”.—AFP/File

NEW DELHI: India is prepared to face offensive military action on its borders should the need arise, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh said here on Tuesday, adding that any future conflict was expected to be short and swift.

The Hindu quoted him as referring to the ceasefire violations along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir, which have put relations between India and Pakistan under a strain. This had made New Delhi aware of the need to remain prepared, General Singh said.

According to The Hindu, the general was speaking at a tri-service seminar on the 1965 Indo-Pak War. “The army chief said a very high level of operational preparedness at all times has become part of India’s strategy as there is recognition that the swift, short nature of future wars is likely to offer limited warning time,” according to the paper.

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It said the comments came against the backdrop of alleged ceasefire violations by Pakistan which had put India on alert. “As we look ahead we can see that our threats and challenges become more complex. As a result the commitments of the Indian Army have increased manifold in scope and intensity in past few years. The frequent ceasefire violations and infiltration bids by our western neighbour always remain live and active,” he pointed out.

Without naming names, the army chief accused Pakistan of employing “new methods to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir” and said the recent instances of terrorist violence are “clear pointers to extend this arc of violence to other areas”.

The Hindu recalled that General Singh’s comments followed Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s statement blaming India for trying to “impose war on Pakistan”. The Pakistani minister also cautioned India on Sunday that it would suffer “heavy losses” if it tries to “impose” a war on his country.

The two countries have been embroiled in a war of words over ceasefire violations, the paper said. It added that tensions between them escalated after the Gurdaspur and Udhampur terror attacks, which New Delhi asserts were carried out by Pakistani nationals.

After the cancellation of the talks between the National Security Advisers of both sides, following disagreements over the agenda for talks, both countries have accused the other of violating the ceasefire agreement that has led to loss of civilian lives as well as casualties to the defence forces.

While India claims 192 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir till July 29 this year, Islamabad has countered it by asserting that the Indian forces have committed 37 and 24 unprovoked ceasefire violations on the LoC and the Working Boundary in July and August respectively, The Hindu said.

Published in Dawn, September 2nd, 2015

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Comments (215) Closed



einstein babar Sep 02, 2015 06:40am

Who does like to make love and war, it is part of human nature, we are ready too as always.

lala Sep 02, 2015 06:46am

A flying kiss from Pakistan.

Mr Universe Sep 02, 2015 06:49am

An army chief afford to make such statement but not a mister or bureaucrat

NORI Sep 02, 2015 06:56am

Nothing special. In a military seminar, Gen. Dalbir Singh would discuss military topics, naturally, but not politics.

Jamal Sep 02, 2015 07:01am

Bring it on, if you have balls

Zahid Sep 02, 2015 07:20am

Looks like external actors are adopting more aggressive postures ever since the terrorist networks have been made less effective. Pakistan need to be extra vigilant on the collaboration of these actors and be more vocal about any external involvement or encouragement of terrorist operations.

jmal Sep 02, 2015 07:25am

Mr Dilbir Sing, get a reality check first

NS Sep 02, 2015 07:28am

It is time to lower the rhetoric. Wars never solve any problem but create more. If that is not the case then please tell me how many problems we have solved with 3 Indo-Pak wars. What Pakistan and India needs is collaboration and not confrontation. Find projects where the two can work together ie farming, science and technology etc. Build trust first and then talk about borders...baby steps first and slowly slowly start to walk before thinking of running. Peace.

veer Sep 02, 2015 07:30am

Hey i wanna come Karachi..I have made some friends through FB...Is it possible now to come as border tensions are on peak..

Valar Morghulis Sep 02, 2015 07:31am

@Jamal I highly they have any. Anyways War is a wrong narrative and whoever is suggesting that shouldn't supported.

GURPREET SINGH SABHARWAL (USA) Sep 02, 2015 07:46am

The General said that the Indian army is always ready for a swift & short war which is what any General of any army would say. No need to dig too deep into this!

Owais Mangal Sep 02, 2015 07:50am

India knows what war can bring to their growing economy. I hope both sides speak sensibly.

Nadeem Sep 02, 2015 07:51am

What SAFMA is saying?

Third Party Sep 02, 2015 07:54am

Thats Army's job. Their work is to defend the country. So they talk in Army's word not diplomacy. WE shouldn't take it otherwise.

1551100 Sep 02, 2015 08:04am

@Third Party Warrior talk, more of the same.

Riya Sep 02, 2015 08:08am

Its very unusual for Indian army chief to say something of this nature. If he is saying so.. There is something very very serious about to happen.

Azhar Sep 02, 2015 08:08am

We needed a mediation, otherwise .........

Dr Shabbir Subrati Qatar Sep 02, 2015 08:17am

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh said here on Tuesday, adding that any future conflict was expected to be short and swift. Sir, if you come Pak with peace and love we will come, but if you pointing figure towards Pakistan believe yes it is not short but yes agree with you SWIFT just one button ?????? but we are human being and request you to give love and peace song. Do not talk abt war this not good for any body.

hassan Sep 02, 2015 08:27am

@Dr K Well the Army chief mentioned unrest of western border and then short n swift war. I am not aware of any other country on that side of Indian border, except Pakistan. We are not over concious, but being a small in size, taking the matter seriously in this regards, as any other country will do in the similar circumstances.

Sadhu Sep 02, 2015 08:31am

@Mr Universe It is a part of Army Chief's speech in Military seminar. The ultimate decision here is in the hands of Government. It is not necessary the government should echoes army's views.

tashu Sep 02, 2015 08:39am

Atleast our diplomat don't speak about wars.

TK Sep 02, 2015 08:43am

Indian Army Chiefs speak very very less. So, if they say something, it carries weight.

Saifqureshi Sep 02, 2015 08:45am

@veer wait come in December we sit in cp hotel and have-hot coffee c u

Shdhsn Sep 02, 2015 08:47am

These are typical statements and army chiefs deliver these type of statements to motivate junior staff members.

Sheeda Da Pakistani!!! Sep 02, 2015 08:48am

Sure. LOL!!!

Riaz Sep 02, 2015 08:52am

At least the indian general is not making political statements. We should be glad that he is not interfering in politics

Taimur Sep 02, 2015 08:56am

madness.....

rana1 Sep 02, 2015 09:01am

Both countries must refrain uttering rash statements.Nobody wants war.

bittertruth Sep 02, 2015 09:02am

So what did he say wrong?

SSH Sep 02, 2015 09:05am

Height of proudness and foolishness !

LAUGHING BUDHA Sep 02, 2015 09:07am

At the Time of kargil war pk GDP growth rate was following increasing trend but later 1999 Pakistan is going towards bank bankruptcy it is because only Pakistan has invested her all money in arms & ammunition instead of investing in industries & agriculture.

Sunil Varma Sep 02, 2015 09:08am

@jmal ...Jamal. Please go to Google and compare the Fire Power of India and Pakistan....you will get the reality check from a neutral party. India stands at No 3 in the world after USA and China ( in the revised Fire power standings of 106 nations) Pakistan is way down at No 19 behind South Korea , Turkey and other Nato Forces.

roy meddock Sep 02, 2015 09:13am

Dont read too much into this. He was speaking to a domestic audience. The politicians rule India and they will never initiate a war.

Many people responding to this news item are just making irresponsible and belligerent statements. At the end of the day, through peace you can build anything and through war you can destroy everything.

Ahmed USA Sep 02, 2015 09:16am

Indian intelligentsia should know better that a “War is War and cannot be unwisely categorised as long, short, tall or small”... Once started will create seismic event of unimaginable proportion... Throw geography and economy of subcontinent back to Stone Age... Unwarranted war hysteria and bluster will disappear into thin air... Learn to sit down and talk... Read history books on how first world countries resolved their age old difference through magnanimity, trust and sincerity...

EuroStar77 Sep 02, 2015 09:16am

"Jo garajte hain wo baraste nahin". We are not afraid of India, a territory our forefathers have ruled in the past. India's power dreams are checked at Wagah.

Ridwan Sep 02, 2015 09:18am

@veer Probably not. As India does not permit tourist visas to be issued to Pakistanis, nor does Pakistan offer tourist visas to Indians. Only way in is to be invited for an official seminar, family visit, religious visit with a group, or business visa.

absurd Sep 02, 2015 09:31am

No need to remind us of the past wars. Ask the people who lost their kins to these wars and retired servicemen who are still going through PTSD.

Let us talk about how to fight wars on current enemies such as illiteracy, hate, hunger, secularism/communalism on each side. Floods have devastated both Kashmirs, rather plan to collaborate and save folks over there from future disasters. West has patched up among themselves and moved ahead, let us do the same. Even the Australians who were regarded as criminals of the British society have connected back with the UK.

Past is history, future is mystery, all we have is a gift of now, which we call "present".

M Jamal Sep 02, 2015 09:32am

After war we are back on the negotiating table.So straight forward sit on the negotiating table and start dialogue why to take a long and destructive route.World is progressing and sub continent is in deep poverty.

Syed Sep 02, 2015 09:35am

@Dr Vimal - wishful :-)

Akash Sep 02, 2015 09:37am

When an army Chief talks in a seminar, talk like this is expected...whether it is Indian or Pakistani...Good to see most of the commentors here realize that..

khan khan Sep 02, 2015 09:37am

Military on both sides reaping the fruits of conflict created by British..I wish it were one country or whole continent should break up in smaller countries like Europe... in both scenarios, peace is more likely...

NoFame Sep 02, 2015 09:38am

Just madness - nothing more. At the end no one will suffer but only civilians :(

m singh Sep 02, 2015 09:39am

It's just an answer to khwaja asif.....not a warning.......

waqas Sep 02, 2015 09:39am

same old same old. its a distraction

anshul Sep 02, 2015 09:43am

He said army is prepared for war. What you expect from general to say no we are not ready?

babarjann@gmail.com Sep 02, 2015 09:44am

send some mangoes to Mr singh . cool milk shakes from those mangoes can make anyone friend .

officialkhan Sep 02, 2015 09:51am

@lala hahahahah =] me too

Kumar Sep 02, 2015 09:52am

Private people making money will flee leaving poor people to face war consequences.

Ali Azhar Sep 02, 2015 09:52am

WAR is out of question both countries know. People need prosperity and peace at both sides.

Indian Sep 02, 2015 09:54am

@lala I really like your comment. you are a cool headed person. Love from India

Farooq Sep 02, 2015 09:55am

It will not be short and swift than... Mr. Singh

Dawn Reader Sep 02, 2015 09:58am

@Ahmed USA :: The only reason you are talking about first world countries like that is because you are comfortably, conveniently, and in a far more privileged way live in America. Is that the truth?

Zombie Sep 02, 2015 09:59am

I remember what khwaraj said about own Military in parliament

bryan Sep 02, 2015 10:00am

@SSH yes i agree and also you may agree that Sartaj Aziz saying Pakistan has nuclear weapons is also unwelcome just as this comment was

Ikram Yousefzai Sep 02, 2015 10:00am

Dear Gen. Its not Bollywood ... Just Saying

RK Sep 02, 2015 10:01am

Short and Swift... That's the main point. Move swiftly and acheive target in short time. Both countries having nukes, will be unwilling to go for a long war. Also, international community will intervene soon.

Radhika Sep 02, 2015 10:02am

this is just posturing by India and is in bad taste. I am ashamed to be an Indian today.

Roy Sep 02, 2015 10:04am

LOL! He is doin his duty, end of the day he has to justify his salary! ;-)

Rational Sep 02, 2015 10:05am

Is this the picture of General Dalbir Singh?

Ikram Yousefzai Sep 02, 2015 10:07am

How cute :p

Rational Sep 02, 2015 10:10am

Shows how immature is Chief of Indian Army.

Syed Ali Sep 02, 2015 10:10am

In short and swift war Pakistan has proved to be much better.

ammar Sep 02, 2015 10:11am

Thats cute.

Arkendor Sep 02, 2015 10:11am

It's all posturing and counter-posturing. This sort of talk is expected from army chiefs, primarily as a measure for not letting morale drop. Given that both nations have nuclear weapons, armed conflicts will be confined to small skirmishes along the LOC and the border, as we see now. And I do really hope these two countries give up all this war-war talk and learn to cooperate; they have the potential to be a superpower (politically, economically, culturally)) when combined, but sadly, due to the unimaginable success of the British divide-and-rule policy, that doesn't seem possible in the near future.

Ikram Yousefzai Sep 02, 2015 10:12am

Reason?? Did they caught another spy pigeon this time again or what?

kashor Sep 02, 2015 10:15am

This is only morale boosting talk done by army chief all over the world. What they will actually do during war such strategies are not discuss so openly.

M Khan Sep 02, 2015 10:15am

These days one may have a swift war but even if you win, you still loose look at Afghanistan Iraq,libya and of course Arabs and Isreal conflict about 42 yers old and still simmering. Let us stop this war talk.

ali sikandar chachar Sep 02, 2015 10:16am

If India impose limited war on Pakistan,we'll respond her with full force without hesitating using our"deterrence power".

Abdul Majeed Sep 02, 2015 10:16am

This is obvious. A soldier should keep himself ready. What so special in this statement. Besides it is needed to keep the morale of nation and military high.

Kashif Kashmiri Sep 02, 2015 10:17am

@veer I am from Karachi, we do not care about any tension. it is India using tension to postponed everything cricket match to talks on Kashmir. Anyways you are welcome anytime, we have everything student biryani to burns road kabab, haleem, Nihari you name it. Just call me when you are here.

Others Sep 02, 2015 10:22am

@Radhika Hopefully, you are really who you claim to be.

rehan Sep 02, 2015 10:23am

@Ikram Yousefzai Hahaha.... good one bro !

Shakil Khan Sep 02, 2015 10:24am

@Radhika : Thank you for your gesture for peace your children and my children and go on go they will stay until day of judgement. I wish you best Pakistani wish with love and peace.

Rational Sep 02, 2015 10:25am

@Others ...glad that there are sane ppl like Radhika in India.

Mian Shahid Mehmood Sep 02, 2015 10:25am

Indian Army Chief is wrong in his estimation; once ignited the war will not fought on the terms of the Indians. Pakistan will have its own sway and 'short & swift' termed by Indian commander may cost India 'swift and sweeping'.

Bin Adam Sep 02, 2015 10:29am

Threads of "short and swift" wars coming from the Army Chiefs and some politicians from both sides is most welcome if it may be a war of throwing lollipops of love and flowers of peace and mutual respect from both sides. But if it is about raining the weapons of mass murders and destruction on the peace loving people of God both sides then these are acts of madness. Even a shortest and swiftest nuclear war may cause deaths,destruction and disability to several generations both sides, in millions and millions. The war mongering politicians, generals and billionaires may hardly suffer any brunt of the war majority of them and their families having taken refuge in their foreign safe havens as it has mostly happened. But peace loving majority of truly patriotic and peaceful commoners who always opposed the war and politics of hostility will be the ultimate victims. Any sensible leadership should not bring deaths and destruction but peaceful co-existence to their people.

JUSTICE Sep 02, 2015 10:30am

Indian Army know that there is no such a thing call "Swift War" against Pakistan. Retilation of any swift war will be responded swift nuclear war aginst Indian Army, go head, we are always ready. General Singh you should, liberate your people from Indian occupation of Punjab, you should rage a swift war to create "Khalistan".

Dia Sep 02, 2015 10:31am

@tashu not wars but only of nuclear threats, right?

Murtaza Sep 02, 2015 10:35am

@veer You will have to get visa of Pakistan and its difficult u know unless you have some relatives here

Khan- Pakistani Sep 02, 2015 10:37am

@Radhika Thank you !

PK Sep 02, 2015 10:37am

Lols.... you think only ajit dovel know the new methods....

helloWorld Sep 02, 2015 10:40am

Not sure why one needs to react to this. Army general made a normal status statement about the army and didn't mention any name.

We hear such statements from across the border every other day and that too from politicians.

NY Sep 02, 2015 10:40am

I don't know how short war will take place, we will be at war for few hours then say 'time please' war time over. Anyways as an Indian I know India will never go in a FULL war at this stage because public will not support it, I'm not ready to go back by 20 years now

Muhammad Ayub khan Sep 02, 2015 10:41am

The India and Pakistan should use their diplomatic channels for developing friendly relations and peace in both countries by negotiations and Table talks. The war is not the solutions of both countries existing Economic problems. This is an ideal time for a friendly diplomacy to develop trust and good relationship in both countries .

Abdullah wazir Sep 02, 2015 10:42am

what else an army general would say,,,,,.

Naveen Sep 02, 2015 10:42am

Yes straight and correct message by our General

Pakistani Sep 02, 2015 10:45am

hahhahaa what a Joke. First tell him the difference between war and battle

Einstein Babar Sep 02, 2015 10:47am

Both countries fooling common people.

Bloger Sep 02, 2015 10:49am

after short & swift war you will find no human being in the region.

Stoner Sep 02, 2015 11:01am

statements like this from the indian side will only help in giving more maneuverability and space to pak army army in civ-mil relationship.

Saraikistan Sep 02, 2015 11:04am

Insanity syndrome spanning in the region...

Mb Iftikhar Sep 02, 2015 11:08am

@GURPREET SINGH SABHARWAL (USA) you failed to mention your adopted country's famous newspaper " the new york times" mentioning that "India has more to lose than Pakistan if the two nuclear-armed neighbours go to war once again."

John Sep 02, 2015 11:11am

I think media on both side should refrain from publishing such statements made by both sides. When the General say such a thing he wants to make his army and the people of India happy, though he knows that war is not an option. In the same manner when Pakistani leaders often says Pakistan is a nuclear power who knows how to defend it's boarders, they are also aware that they have an expensive toy which can't be used. So such statements from both sides are just for their political mileage. Common man does not want war. It is time both countries give up the claim for the land of the other and find a practical solution to live in peace.

leader Sep 02, 2015 11:13am

First of all both countries should induce the peaceful environment through dialogues, as war is not favorable for both countries.India should realize it from past as Pakistani's are brave, don't afraid us, no more this policy may be used.

Adil Sep 02, 2015 11:18am

This readiness will be handy to counter sponsored terrorism. Well said and be ready General

N.S Sep 02, 2015 11:21am

He is right about short and swift...most nuclear wars will be like that.

Energy Sep 02, 2015 11:31am

@GURPREET SINGH SABHARWAL (USA)

Yes this is how they begin their day LOL

SMJ Sep 02, 2015 11:31am

Why not promote harmony, love and understanding than to talk of war!!!!! It applies to BOTH sides equally.

Let us unite NOW in friendship as the world has seen enough of wars. We have a serious LEADERSHIP VOID.

Indian Sep 02, 2015 11:32am

What is war????? Gas , electricity , education , health, , house items are damn expensive here in my city . I have to save my job also here in Delhi. Sorry sir I have no time for your war plans . Regard to all from aal aadmi :)

N.Sid Sep 02, 2015 11:33am

When India and Pakistan will get some real visionary leaders. The politicians with their warped thinking will take this beautiful region to war again. A more inclusive, pluralist and open minded ideas is needed. This is insane and mindless thinking. Where is Gandhi Jee, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X type leaders.

syed wasim haider Sep 02, 2015 11:38am

@veer Not at all. On the street u will not find any difference between Karachi and Bombay.

Faiyaz Dilbar Sep 02, 2015 11:40am

What Pakistan should be worried about is that this is the first official acknowledgement of cold strike doctrine by India after 12 years of its existence. This alone suggests a change in stance.

Jansheen Sep 02, 2015 11:42am

@jmal

Yes... Pakistan is Nuclear Power... am I right.

shabbzz Sep 02, 2015 11:44am

@veer Any Indian with a friendly heart can visit Karachi, Lahore or any part of Pakistan (provided you have a valid visa).... We will give you our heart and if required our life ... But But But .... visiting us with tone used by your General and is not acceptable !!!

Kamal Pasha Sep 02, 2015 11:45am

Army Chief Dalbir Singh should know that no war is SHORT and SWIFT.

ASAD Sep 02, 2015 11:47am

Pakistan's army chief is so much better, mature and wise. Proud to be Pakistani.

A Shah Sep 02, 2015 11:48am

Good strong words. Respect.

ASAD IQBAL Sep 02, 2015 11:52am

Pakistan's army chief is so much better, mature and wise. Proud to be Pakistani. He never gave any irresponsible and foolish statement. At the end is the matter of whole region and both peace loving nations.

Abdulla Hussain Sep 02, 2015 11:52am

"India is prepared to face offensive military action on its borders should the need arise, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh said here on Tuesday"

Don' dare in a thousand year. What a wild statement, shows hyena like attitude. The world should take notice of Indian War Drumming, they don't want to live in peace.

nobita Sep 02, 2015 11:52am

Defense minister of Pakistan threatens India of heavy losses and every Pakistan claps in this forum...and the Indian army chief tells the reality of today's warfare between Indian and Pakistan and people in this forum thinks he has gone mad. The difference in India and Pakistan lies in the way the people think... time will say who was correct and worthy

Khizar Hayat Sep 02, 2015 11:55am

Both countries corrupt politicians (money makers) are making fool their armies and their nations only, so that they(politicians) can earn, can do what they want. The dearness was caused due to high oil prices, if we will compare the commodities, these are 5 times higher than the things were before 11 years. Question is that why they are not putting back the prices to 5 times lower to last 11 years price while now Oil prices are down to $ 45/- because all are capitalist and money makers.

Sam Sep 02, 2015 12:02pm

Again nothing will sort out and the one who loses will try to revenge somehow next time. Can war really resolve our issues ?

REFLECTION Sep 02, 2015 12:07pm

Just another shallow statement..Modi team knows once we have Economic Corridor done, they will SWIFTLY loose economic war. Keep distracting us as you have been doing for 69 years and as u did in the war of 65, but this time we are very much aware and prepared.

Alok Sep 02, 2015 12:09pm

Not sure why so much focus on his comments.

Imran Sep 02, 2015 12:10pm

@Owais Mangal - War is definitely not good and must be prevented at all cost. However, if there is one, then it has to be decisive. One side has to win clearly. The end result would be economic growth and prosperity; this is what happened to Britain during Margaret Thatcher era when they fought and win a war against Argentina. Again, both Pakistan and India have to come to their senses and prevent human tragedy as both are nuclear powers.

rehan Sep 02, 2015 12:11pm

"Alleged" ceasefire violations ? Pakistan has provided evidence to UN Observers . The UN shelters themselves were damaged by Indian shelling. Or would that be "alleged" Indian shelling?

libra Sep 02, 2015 12:17pm

it must be joke of the day because india knows very well that what would be the outcome of war... if still india is insisting then we cant help india but to leave it ruining...

Malvika Sep 02, 2015 12:21pm

The General was speaking at tri-service seminar on the 1965 Indo-Pak War. He was speaking at a seminar mostly attended by armed force personal about changing scenario in modern times. It is very different to the empty nuclear threats Sartaj Aziz issued on cancellation of NSA talks.

Rahat Sep 02, 2015 12:23pm

Why a brief war? If there is any war at all, it should be all out and decisive so that this issue is resolved once and for all. If we both cannot live peacefully as neighbours, war should clearly decide who is the fittest to survice.

Rajesh Kumar Sep 02, 2015 12:24pm

@syed wasim haider: "On the street u will not find any difference between Karachi and Bombay."

You've obviously never been to bombay. WHO estimated in 2014 that roughly 12.5 million residents of bombay defecate on streets and railway tracks everyday. A Karachiite will probably choke within seconds of landing on bombay's streets, so think again, buddy.

Iftikhar Bhutta Sep 02, 2015 12:26pm

This typical statement of Indian army chief just to warm up and keep moral up of forces . The conducting of war is matter relating to decision of Civil Government . However our policy makers should be aware and alert on short tempering of Indian aggression .

DADA Sep 02, 2015 12:33pm

I am sure that he will flee the country when the war will be imminent because he must have made so much of money through defence purchases that he can spend a luxurious life in some western country.

Syed Rizvi Sep 02, 2015 12:37pm

War is too important a thing to be left to the discretion of Generals alone.

Mahmood Sep 02, 2015 12:39pm

@N.Sid You have forgotten Jinnah, top of the all!

on looker Sep 02, 2015 12:40pm

Yes - it is his job to say what he said - what else one expect him to say we are NOT READY!

We are one divided/separated family with a land dispute - but we don't want to kill and murder each other over this dispute. This is the bottom line.

KMS Sep 02, 2015 12:41pm

Gen Dalbir Singh hardly interacts with any Media unlike his counter parts including NSA & Defense Minister here, if he said this, obviously there is something that is seriously needs to be considered.

Dost Sep 02, 2015 12:44pm

@Ali Azhar This is sensible comment.

Dost Sep 02, 2015 12:44pm

Peoples don't want war and a war can bring destruction on both sides. Both countries should stop tu-tu.me-me and take lessons from European countries. they fought deadly war and now living like one country ..... developing and progressing.

AIB Sep 02, 2015 12:50pm

Army is army..they should be well prepared for any unwanted adventure.but these days wars are faught on table.

Expat Sep 02, 2015 12:52pm

This type of remarks from the General is a sign of immaturity, does anyone really need an immature commander in chief of the Indian army. Time for the General to be replaced.

asif Sep 02, 2015 12:53pm

Honour your words swiftly & shortly.

Tariq Sep 02, 2015 12:53pm

agree!

asif Sep 02, 2015 01:00pm

I second the comments of Dost made on Europe. Yes. But without resolving Kashmir useless. The things are in Indian court. But they refuse to talk like a daughter in Law with childish arguments.

Nitin Sep 02, 2015 01:17pm

How many Pakistani condemns Sartaz Aziz or Asif for their war mongering statement?

parveez Sep 02, 2015 01:24pm

If you want it short.please play twenty 20. Or you could invent ten 10

sbk Sep 02, 2015 01:29pm

Indian Muslims are now accepting Modi. THE ALL Indian Ulema and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), an organization of Sufi Muslims, has reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Narendra Modi government for countering terrorism and fundamentalist ideology in the country. It has also assured all help in setting up education centers to control fundamentalist ideology.

AW Sep 02, 2015 01:30pm

Talk of war is absurd and extremely dangerous. It is about time for Modi and Nawaz to lead their respective nations to permanent peace and friendship. Bold steps on both sides are required which may entail political sacrifices in the short term but the history will record such leadership actions very favorably. In peace and with social and economic cooperation, Pakistan and India have a potential to become a strong economic block like the European union ushering in better life for people on both sides of the border

Indian Sep 02, 2015 01:33pm

It is heartening to see that many Pakistanis are taking General Singh's comment seriously. We on our part never take any serious note of what Pakistani General says, we simply ignore them, believing that they are merely for local consumption.

sbk Sep 02, 2015 01:41pm

Both are afraid of each other. So, there will not be another war.

Anil Bhuta Sep 02, 2015 01:44pm

Mr Sing is right. The Indian army should sleep with one eye open. Basically the pain and frustration is gradually taking it toll on India due to they mislead there country about 1965 war. Mr sing is under the pump from Mr Modi behind the seen. He just brusted his anger in the current statement.

sbk Sep 02, 2015 01:52pm

Modi knows war is not in the interest of anybody. But, that does not mean he is casual. He is a strong person; And he is watching.

v r patil Sep 02, 2015 02:09pm

If and only if nuke-war is unavoidable,one of the sensible options is ,both parties choosing some area as a war zone on their respective sides.Since both parties have their own unique reasons for indulging in war,except warmongerers all innocent civilians should be evacuated from war zone to respective safer places.International community should keep a check on ,either party shouldn't bomb beyond this war zone.After realisation of bitter truth the rest will learn how to live with harmony atleast.

Taimoor Khan Sep 02, 2015 02:10pm

What a genius! It takes ballistic missiles few minutes to reach each others urban centers. Surely it will be swift and devastating. Thanks for enlightening us about something that we couldn't have figured out ourselves.

timetostopthis Sep 02, 2015 02:11pm

@SSH When India does it, it is height of proudness and foolishness. And when Pakistan does it, its ok? The threats started from Pakistan. Perhaps its time Pakistan stopped threatening India or else both can play the same game.

AB Sep 02, 2015 02:29pm

when there is a war, there is no such short and swift phenomena

MJK Sep 02, 2015 02:50pm

Quit beating drums of war - try to resolve Kashmir issue. It is the only way to a permanent peace.

adnan Sep 02, 2015 02:50pm

yes.. very short very swift.. we send 99 nukes your way.. you send a handful our way.. both wiped out.. kashmir stays put and claims india and pakistan a few centuries from now.. :)

Tariq, Lahore Sep 02, 2015 03:05pm

Since diplomacy has failed to deliver tangible results. May be option B (war) will drive home the message to settle each others 'bloated' egos!

TAHIR Sep 02, 2015 03:06pm

Cool it both sides. You cannot afford any war. A short quick war will become a short quick nuclear disaster

Yensee Sep 02, 2015 03:11pm

Guess what??.. nothing is going to happen. Its all in air. This was just a message of frustration for you and me (common people).

RANA VIKRAM SINGH CHAUHAN RAJPUT Sep 02, 2015 03:20pm

@jmal my dear he is jatt from haryana..most of the indian army are jatt, rajputs and sikhs..will give befitting reply

rehan Sep 02, 2015 03:42pm

Now who beating the war drums ?

usman Sep 02, 2015 03:44pm

all drama to create problem for pak china economic corridor,

Sara ally Qureshi Sep 02, 2015 03:45pm

@Riaz He is interfering in Govt of India's domain by giving this statement.It is the Indian Army which does not let peace talks begin between the two governments.Yes the war will be short and swift, only one button away.

Ibrar Sep 02, 2015 03:47pm

@Radhika You are a nice cool person mam, I would likewise disapprove any such statement from Pakistan side. Have a good day.

Azmeen Sep 02, 2015 03:50pm

Pak forces must be ready for swift response in case.

safdar Sep 02, 2015 03:50pm

What would you expect any General to say? Sorry we are not ready yet!!

shahid Sep 02, 2015 04:06pm

wars or conflicts will never help any one, peace love harmony is only solution please stop talking talking who is up or down thanks

Ibrar Sep 02, 2015 04:07pm

@Nitin Truly speaking I feel very embarrassed when anyone from Pakistan refer to nukes. I am sure there are many others who feel like me. Both countries are aware they are nuclear powers...... boasting only reflects fear and issues with ego or just an upmanship.

Q Sep 02, 2015 04:09pm

RSS and BJP are working together for domination with all arms in hand. World need peace not war or nor domination like USA. Today or tomorrow war is imminent.

Indian Sep 02, 2015 04:14pm

Pakistani media and people should take it very seriously becuase its rouitine statement of a general to keep motivated and alert his army.

I don't India would be going for war since India is now more focus on economy development which would be between 8 to 9 percent which would create more jobs, improve healthcare, improve educational condition, reduce the poverty etc.

Why does India need war???

I would urge Pakistani leaders to restrain from using atom bomb words.

asgher Sep 02, 2015 04:14pm

Look at Pakistani Army, fighting LARGE and LONG war since years. We are "WAR HARDENED"

While india who claims to be a giant says they are ready for Short War...reflects how hollow their legs are..

AIB Sep 02, 2015 04:25pm

So as the pens and papers have failed in talks.so lets guns have swift and short talk.

Ibrar Sep 02, 2015 04:35pm

@AB Modi seems to be using every organ to intimidate Pakistan. His actions suggest as if driven by a sense of deprivation and feeling of inferiority dating back to his early life. There is nothing wrong with a "chai wala" childhood other than the reality that in some it can promote feelings of revenge and hate against others, be they individuals, communities or countries. He has shown his anger all along his political career and days of power and sadly this mentality trend is more likely to continue until his last day. Very sadly it seems he has never seen love, he has preferred to live single than bonding with another human. We can only pray for him, after he is only reflecting what others did to him. When God wishes to punish a society a leader like him will be despatched.

Jyotib Sep 02, 2015 04:38pm

@Kamal Pasha 1971 Indo Pak war was for 13 days.It is quite short and swift compared to 8 years of Iraq-Iran war.However I hate war and hope that this never happens.But if it becomes inevitable then I am mighty glad that we have a very competent and disciplined army under the leadership of a democratically elected Government.

Sajid Sep 02, 2015 05:00pm

The great Indo Pak circuis carries on. Meanwhile, common people and poor soldiers suffer on both sides

original realist Sep 02, 2015 05:06pm

COAS Sharif has not made any hawkish statement since assuming office.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Sep 02, 2015 05:08pm

@Radhika This isn't posturing. He is a general and his job is to keep his forces fit and ready for conflicts. It should be taken in the context of infiltrations in Kashmir and exfiltration in Myanmar borders.

Pakistani Sep 02, 2015 05:11pm

@Sunil Varma . Wow so India is more powerful than Russia. Can you send the link here if you read this. Thanks.

Jyotib Sep 02, 2015 05:23pm

@original realist - COAS has called Kashmir the jugular vein of pakistan in July this year.

Sahil Sep 02, 2015 05:44pm

I have read some of my Pakistani brothers remarks.. And I am bit amused to see they are laughing. Indian Army Chief does not speak so often in these terms. We don't want war. We have understand that Who wants Kashmir? Pakistan or India. So who is troubling whom? This we have to see.

zafar Iqbal Sep 02, 2015 05:50pm

Come on if your are coming!

ali Sep 02, 2015 05:51pm

Sure just start it & we'll make it the longest and the ferocious one for you with Pleasure.

Jason Sep 02, 2015 06:00pm

Regardless of emotions, anyone else noticed how Modi's leadership has not played well internally or externally. Not in a while has such hostilities been vocalized followed by aggressive actions to confirm the hate he is trying to communicate. Realistically what do 99.999% of either side has to gain by supporting this, other than to feed the virtual emotional desire. Rather then creating trade treaties we are in 2015 discussing how to theoretically win a short war? Why would on any side support this???

Ikram Yousefzai Sep 02, 2015 06:14pm

What happened again? Does he enter again in Indian territory? I mean the Pigeon.. ;)

ash Patel Sep 02, 2015 06:19pm

@Owais Mangal , you are absolutely right. Indian can not afford war with Pakistan as India is trying hard to attract foreign investment. India has to remain stable, progressive and safe country if it wants the western world to invest I. The country.

India's future lies not in wasting resources in war. But investing in infrastructure and education to provide platform of growth. Mr. Modi is fully aware of it, and has his priorities right.

ash Patel Sep 02, 2015 06:33pm

@Ikram Yousefzai , yes I agree it is not Bollywood, but I am just curious what was your reaction to Pakistani politicians and army personnel brandishing nuclear weapons against India!

Harmony-1 Sep 02, 2015 06:35pm

Does this General really wear the strap of his hat on the chin or is it just an odd one?

ash Patel Sep 02, 2015 06:35pm

@Ahmed USA , yes history tells al wars are disastrous , but go back to the history books, and tell me who started previous wars between two countries!

sbk Sep 02, 2015 06:41pm

@Jason, Dear Jason, but were were you when Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday started the debate by saying that if India tried to impose war on Pakistan, heavy losses will be inflicted on India?

Saleem USA Sep 02, 2015 06:56pm

@ash Patel

Yes and No. Comments about are agreeable. Comments about Modi can not be agreed with at all. Modi's priorities are totally messed up.

jabbar Sep 02, 2015 07:39pm

Keep these busy. Punjab and maoists should also be helped.

sbk Sep 02, 2015 07:47pm

What India says now is only reaction to what Pakistan said. Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday started the debate by saying that if India tried to impose war on Pakistan, heavy losses will be inflicted on India? Tit for tat.

gerry dcunha Sep 02, 2015 08:15pm

indian army chief should desist from giving such irrelevant statement

Amin Sep 02, 2015 08:29pm

Indians aware they will be the biggest loser if u look India all Hindus pile up in the country if they challenged a nuclear power than all India will be wipe out from the world map I feel sorry for Hindus and pray it won't happen.

Raj Patel Sep 02, 2015 09:26pm

It ought to be short and swift as India can sustain 45 days in war and Pak can sustain 12 - 14 days per western military experts.

M.Saeed Sep 02, 2015 09:49pm

Gen. Dalbir Singh is famous for his suspension by the former army chief when his unit had allegedly botched up a military intelligence operation in Assam, which happened during his tenure as the Corps III commander.

Pakistani Sep 02, 2015 10:15pm

No need to worry... He is passing these statements just to boost the morale of his demotivated and scared Army. If it gets imposed on us then our Army and our people are ready to defend the motherland.

Candy Sep 02, 2015 10:43pm

It seems Pakistani leaders and people feel very weak & helpless against India. They always talk about nuclear weapon as they cannot win any war with conventional weapons. It is to be known to Pakistan public that to stop Indian forces Pakistan will use nuclear weapon within Pakistan in cities like Karachi or Lahore. Are you ready to see your family die in front of you. Answer in firm 'NO' as nobody can.

sana-1 Sep 02, 2015 11:26pm

Mister army cheif i really sorry for you but until modi is in power you people will have to be in a war like situation, i hope if it doesn't take a toll on your army and modi stays in power we will surely have one(war)...

but how long or short will depend on pakistan!

Riaz Ahmed Sep 02, 2015 11:39pm

@v r patil .....what a perfect suggestion......am fed up of the warmongers on both side of the border....let the common people of sub-continent live in peace....

Mustafa J. Sep 03, 2015 12:01am

I hope Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin are listening to Army Chief General Dalbir Singh. A nuclear war between two Nuke-armed countries is a threat to the entire world.

Mustafa J. Sep 03, 2015 12:06am

The Army Chief General of India Dalbir Singh said the truth that any future conflict was expected to be short and swift. However, he failed to say that any large scale war between two nuke-power countries will eliminate both countries. This means neither Dalbir Singh nor his loved ones will survive. It is time to talk about peaceful co-existence and not war that will eliminate India and Pakistan.

Zak Sep 03, 2015 12:38am

First wear a proper hat and get rid of the cowboy one. It makes you speak and behave like a cowboy.

sana-1 Sep 03, 2015 12:57am

@Zak Nice one....

Sarwat Sep 03, 2015 01:21am

Yeah everybody is ready. No one wins in war. Only politicians with personal vendetta. If you and all the soldiers are faithful to your respective countries, think about it. You are patriot soldiers, politicians are not, they have votes in mind only. Military has the responsibility to protect its country from external threats as well internal. And unfortunately, our politicians are internal threats in both countries.

raja Sep 03, 2015 03:24am

@Ahmed USA well said brother.

Rajendra Tiwari Sep 03, 2015 10:05am

All wars start by gun and end by pen. Then why not India and Pakistan use pen to write a lasting peace treaty and silence the bravado of being prepared for war.

Umar Sharif Sep 03, 2015 02:52pm

The opposition of peace is war but if it is such a necessary act, Pakistan is more ready than India. We both should finalize if war or peace happens. The world is progressing more faster than both of our countries if enemy wants to go 100 years back then we can't stop them to ......go back in minutes.

Sage Sep 03, 2015 06:39pm

@jmal

"Mr Dilbir Sing, get a reality check first"

It's tried and tested - 1965, 1971, Kargil...

Sage Sep 03, 2015 06:46pm

@Pakistani

Ok. Explain if 1971/Kargil was a war or a battle !!

Shah Sep 03, 2015 08:08pm

Only a fool will talk of war. Wars are never limited. It will be a total disaster for both Pakistan and India. Indian Prime minister has no vision, look at his formal education and training. He will bring devastation for both the countries.

chacha Sep 03, 2015 08:56pm

Since Indian army is ready and Pakistani army is ready, let's go for a short swift Kabaddy war.

subham Sep 03, 2015 09:24pm

@Radhika if you are so ashamed then get out of our nation. people like you are a blot to our nation. learn from the pakistanis who are commenting against india at least they are patriotic.

sk Sep 03, 2015 10:03pm

with firing on borders almost everyday all we know that both countries are prepared for the war. Army chief was replying to question on his army's preparedness for the war as compared to scenario in 1965. ALso well taken is Pakistani stand of their preparedness for the war. could both nation afford war?

P Setra Sep 03, 2015 10:20pm

No body seems to blink, both sides ready. Kashmir is the excuse, ready for fifth time?

Ali Azmat Shah Sep 03, 2015 10:52pm

This will be a huge opportunity for Pakistan Army.

shaikhzada Sep 03, 2015 11:24pm

@veer sure have your name changed to Bajrangi bhaijan, sign up a kabeer khan movie and then go dreaming. That's easy mann lol

kemal Sep 04, 2015 04:31am

@Rajesh Kumar, You forgot to mention that Majority of them are poor Muslims. They are stuck in social cultural system which won't allow them to uplift themselves.

Javed Sep 04, 2015 08:16am

@Riya Indain army general is not an Israeli army general warning an Arab country. There is nothing serious about it.

Javed Sep 04, 2015 08:22am

@Sadhu So let Modi, his defense minister and Gen Dilbir Singh figure out whose statement is more credible and who is just shooting from his mouth. Then you please let us know and we will go from there? Why we people are explaining and sweating on it any way?

Javed Sep 04, 2015 08:28am

@TK What does that prove? Let's see how much weight his statement (read threats) carry? Only time will tell? Any time line on it or it was an open ended threat?

Zak Sep 04, 2015 11:14am

@Pakistani it's ok, this is what indians are fed on, to divert their attention from poverty and helplessness. When reality hits, these people go into self denial.

ael Sep 04, 2015 04:27pm

Indian army chiefs provicative statement represents Modi government policy toward Pakistan which is talk about peace while beat drums of war.Pakistan is ready to fight short or long war with India,if war is imposed on her,inshallah Pakistan would defeat India on all fronts.

Asim. H. Qureshi Sep 05, 2015 07:12pm

just a short swift war? how about some real action? but in the #UN secretariat first ! its always good to follow the proper channel rather than Aggression.