Speaking on the army's role at a conclave in the capital after Srinagar attack, Gen Singh said India and Pakistan must first address trust deficit. "You can't export terrorism to India and expect to talk Siachen."
Gen Singh, while seeking to justify Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the army should not be deployed for internal security. It should be honed and ready for external threats.
In fact, the army has been called 2700 times to enforce law and order, since Independence.
He also said the Indian army is accountable, respects civil authority. India has fought war only when war has been trust upon us, Gen Singh said.
Looking forward, he said the army has to adapt itself to change in polity, policy, environment in country to remain relevant to national aspirations. Giving details of the army's operations, he said 22,413 soldiers of the army have died since 1947.