Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Thursday the country's armed forces are fully prepared to thwart any threat to India's sovereignty while also cautioning that Pakistan's malicious propaganda will not succeed in Kashmir.

Talking to ANI, the Army Chief said, ''India is fully ready for two and a half front war without naming China, Pakistan and elements posing threat to the internal security.''

While maintaining that the Indian Army is well prepared to face external, as well as internal threats to the country, Gen Rawat said, ''there are effective mechanisms available to defuse an adverse situation.'' 

"Even the PM has stated that for the last forty years not even a single bullet has been fired on the Indo-China border," he said.

General Rawat also informed that a new strike corps, 17 Strike Corps, is being raised specifically for mountain warfare. 

When quizzed about the delay in its formation, Army Chief said a process as complex as this takes time. 

"It is being raised from scratch. The recruitments are on. As it is, to prepare an army soldier it takes about three years from recruitment process to training and then orienting and finally their deployment," he said.

Referring to rising tensions in the Kashmir Valley, General Rawat said, ''Pakistan generated social media propaganda is spreading disinformation among youth of Kashmir. However, it will not succeed.''

He also assured that ''the situation Kashmir will improve soon.''



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