‘Indian forces competent to carry out Abbottabad-like operation’

Army Chief General VK Singh on Wednesday said that Indian armed forces were "competent" to carry out an operation similar to the one conducted by the US in Pakistan against al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Updated: May 04, 2011, 16:08 PM IST

Lucknow: Army Chief General VK Singh
on Wednesday said that Indian armed forces were "competent" to carry
out an operation similar to the one conducted by the US in
Pakistan against al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

"I would like to say only this that if such a chance
comes, then all the three arms (of the military) are competent
to do this," Singh, who was here for a function at a Sainik
School, told reporters.

The General was asked whether the Indian armed forces
could successfully carry out an operation like the US forces
undertook against bin Laden in Abbottabad near Islamabad.

"Whether the US sought permission or not (from
Pakistan) has to be asked from them," he said in a reply to
another question.

Shortly after the US operation, Air Chief Marshal P V
Naik had also said India has the capability to carry out such
surgical strikes against terrorists but did not elaborate.

"India has the capability," he had told reporters when
asked whether India can undertake surgical strikes against
terrorists similar to that by the US.

The statements assume significance as there had been
demands after 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that India should
carry out surgical strikes on terror camps in Pakistan.

On Osama`s killing, Naik had hoped it would reduce the
impact or intensity of terrorism.

"There is one less terrorist in the world. He was an
iconic figure on the terrorist world. It is good thing that he
has been eliminated," he had said while talking on the
sidelines of the annual P C Lall memorial lecture here.

Asked if India was increasing its security measures
after Osama`s killing, Naik had said, "He (Osama) controlled a
large group. There is a chance that this group may do
something in retaliation. So every sane man would increase his
security status till you analyse. India is also doing the
same."

PTI