Delivering a very strong message to the country`s hostile neighbour, the outgoing Army chief General Bikram Singh on Thursday said that his men have avenged the beheading of an Indian jawan by the Pakistani troops last year.
Naval exercises, confidence building measures along the LAC and joint training exercises between the armed forces are high on agenda of Army chief Gen Bikram Singh during his four-day China visit from tomorrow.
The appointment of Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag as the next Army Chief will not be affected by the change of government, said new Defence Minister Arun Jaitley whose party BJP had strongly opposed the UPA government for elevating him to the top post.
Congress on Saturday reacted sharply to BJP`s suggestion to postpone the decision on appointment of the next Army Chief till the elections are over, saying the opposition party should not politicise the armed forces.
Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh on Monday said there was a "spike" in incursions by Chinese troops in some sectors along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), but noted that the sanctity of the temporary boundary was being maintained.
Amidst tensions on the border with Pakistan, Army Chief General Bikram Singh rejected allegations that the Indian Army was not retaliating strongly during ceasefire violations by its South Asian neighbour.
The acceptance of a US military award by Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh has not gone down well with the Defence Ministry which has sent a poser to him asking why he received it without government clearance.
In the backdrop of recent terror activities in the state, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh will be in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday to review security situation with the state government and top military commanders.