New Delhi (Web Desk): New Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has threatened Pakistan with surgical strikes on Friday.

The army chief maintained that India’s armed forces would not “shy away from flexing its muscles, if need be”, Hindustan Times reported.

At a press conference in Delhi Rawat said, “We will do it again if needed.”

Earlier in September 2016, India falsely claimed of carrying out surgical strikes at the border (LoC).

Strongly rejecting the claim Pakistan termed it an ‘illusion’ to create false effects.

The ISPR stated, "There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon. As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops."

Rawat recently appointed as the new chief of army staff from General Dalbir Singh Suhag as the head of the 1.3 million force.

He served in the high-strung region of Kashmir along the border with Pakistan , where troops of the nuclear-armed nations have been locked in almost daily cross-border firing for months. He has also served in the insurgency-hit northern states and along the border with China.

In a rare move, the new chief was handpicked for the top job over two senior officers.