Twenty years after Pakistani regulars and the armed militants supported by it were bombed by Indian forces from the mountains in Kargil, Islamabad has been warned not to repeat its mistake by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

General Bipin Rawat couldn’t have been more direct in his advice: “You will get a “bloodier nose,” he told Pakistan, if it chose to repeat Kargil-like misadventure.

“Don’t do it. Misadventures are normally not repeated. You will get a bloodier nose next time,” he said in a press conference when asked to articulate his message to Pakistan on the 20th anniversary of India’s victory in the Kargil war.

July 26 is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas every year to mark India’s triumph over Pakistan on this day in 1999.

General Rawat suggested that Pakistan’s promises to act against militants and their networks couldn’t be trusted as it was only meant to secure international funding .

“There is a difference between talk and action. We all know the situation in Pakistan right now. We all know who controls the country. They are ready for anything to get money. Once they get it, they will do what they have been doing for the last so many years,” the Army Chief said.