New Delhi, Jan 13: After Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said anyone who harms the country will be responded to in a similar manner in the wake of Pathankot attacks, Army chief has claimed Indian Army ready for any task given to it.
Asked at the army's annual press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15 about Parrikar's comment, General Dalbir Singh said he cannot comment on what the minister said, but added: "The Indian Army is capable of doing everything. These are government decisions, whatever task the government gives us we are ready."
General Dalbir Singh was asked whether covert, surgical operations or direct war would be the right response to the proxy war launched on India from the other side of the border.
When asked about Indian Army's preparedness to launch a covert or surgical or straight on war against Pakistan, the Army chief said, "Proxy war we are dealing with about other options that you speak about, these are govt decisions, not Army Chief's. But we are ready for any task."
The army chief also asserted that there was "no lack of coordination" between forces during the operation to neutralise the six terrorists who attacked the Pathankot Air Force station.
Speaking about the role of NSG during operation, the Army chief said, "NSG's task at base was preemptive action, if there would have been a hostage situation because there were many civilians in the base."
Army chief maintained that the goal of a suicide bombing is always to inflict maximum damage and cause maximum media hype as possible.
Answering to question about why there is a spike in terrorist activities in Punjab, Gen Suhag said, They (terrorists) keep exploring possibilities.They attempt at one place, we strengthen the area."
The Army chief told media persons that NIA is still working on as to how terrorists entered the IAF Airbase despite intelligence reports.