New Delhi: General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Defence Staff, has asked armed forces to stay vigilant along China's and Pakistan's borders, warning that terrorists cooperating with the Pakistan Army could go rogue, escalating the situation with India.
The Chief of Defence Staff also stated that while there was a need to be alert on both the borders, the primary front for the defense forces currently is the Northern border, where India and China have been locked in a military standoff since last year.
"I would say both the fronts are a priority for us. While we have to prepare at the northern fronts, especially after the situation that evolved in 2020, we can't lower our guard but on the western front."
"I have always maintained that there are terrorists who operate with the Pakistani armed forces. Some of these terrorists can become loose cannon and create a situation which could lead to an escalation. So we have to be fully prepared on our western fronts as well. So I would say that we should be prepared for both the fronts, but our primary front remains the northern front," Gen Rawat said when asked who is the chief adversary for the Indian defense forces between China and Pakistan.
When asked about the deployment of two-strike corps on the China front in the last year, he said this was about reorientation of the forces, which have been getting dual tasks for several years now, and they were not new raisings.
On Pakistan's support for terror activities inside India, the CDS said, while the ceasefire is holding along the Line of Control (LoC) so far, the internal peace process is being disrupted by the infiltration of weapons and drugs, using drones.