New Delhi: Indian media reported on Tuesday, two former Indian Army chiefs alleged that India should plan offensive and covert operations to target militant leaders and hit the Pakistani Army hard.

Former Gen Bikram Singh expressed his opinion, “the Indian government should exploit the fault lines in Balochistan and "Pakistan-occupied Kashmir" (Azad Jammu and Kashmir) so that the Pakistan Army is forced to concentrate internally and not externally”.

“We need to create asymmetric capabilities, which include doing covert operations and targeting militant leaders," he said, adding the adversary must "feel the pain" and be put in an "embarrassing spot".

Former army chief Gen (retd) V P Malik was also of same views, he said, "Till now we have been focusing on defensive operation. We now have to look at offensive operation."

He was of the view that an all-out war between India and Pakistan or India and China was "unlikely". To have better planning of security needs, military experts should be roped into the government and be made minister of state for defence, Malik suggested.