Written by Manraj Grewal Sharma | Chandigarh | Published: June 18, 2020 1:53:34 am
Lt Gen B S Jaswal (retd)
Calling the attack on Indian troops a premeditated action by China, Lt Gen B S Jaswal (retd), former Army Commander, Northern Command, said he would have supported the use of firearms by Indian troops in the face of such “barbarism”.
Calling it wrong to compare these intrusions to Kargil due to the difference in intent, Jaswal said besides talks, the only way forward is to either evict the Chinese or do a quid pro quo by occupying one of their positions.
“What happened yesterday was a premeditated act on part of the Chinese troops, they want to claim Galwan Valley. Despite reaching a consensus to respect the LAC, they didn’t return 5 km upstream to the actual line.’’
Jaswal, who commanded this sector in 2010, said, “When the CO, 16 Bihar, went to PP 14 and asked them to withdraw, they refused and a scuffle ensued. They attacked the commanding officer and our boys reacted. Our disadvantage was that we weren’t carrying any tools… Meanwhile, the Chinese got reinforcements, which led to so many casualties.” He added, “I salute my boys. They caused double the casualties unarmed.” Jaswal said the troops refrained from using weapons due to orders. “But if I were there and my troops were being killed in a barbaric manner, their skulls smashed, I would have used weapons.”
Calling it wrong to compare the standoff with Kargil, he said, “Galwan occupation is part of the creeping assertiveness of China.” He pointed out that the Chinese never objected when India was building roads in the sector in 2010. “I was there in 2010. The road cut was being done and we had even moved a tank on it to check its efficacy. China never objected.” Now, he said, they want to show solidarity with Pakistan because India is staking claim on Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK and China Pakistan Economic Corridor is going through that area. “They fear that we have the potential to carve out another Bangladesh.”
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