New Delhi, January 11, 2020 (IANS) Northern and Western borders are equally important for India and accordingly rebalancing of deployment of the forces and weapons are being carried out, Indian Army chief General M.M. Naravane said on Saturday.
On border issue with China, India had several rounds of talks. General Naravane said their priorities are to maintain peace and tranquility on the border. “We are conscious of the fact there are threats from the both side,” he said.
General Naravane on Siachen:
On his recent visit to Siachen, General Naravane said: “As far as land borders are concerned this is where (Siachen) the two countries — (China and Pakistan) are the closest. So the chance for collusivity is the most. Here and in Shaksgam valley.”
Commenting on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir General Naravane said: “If Parliament wants that area should be taken we will definitely do so and action will be taken accordingly.”
On China Border:
About the China border, he said: “We have to balance our requirement. On northern border we are going in for capacity building, roads, habitats, storage for weapons by moving advanced weapons towards eastern side.”
In an annual press conference, Indian Army chief said there was a parliamentary resolution that entire erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir is part of India.
When asked whether PoK has to be taken and government has given go ahead signal, he did not say anything but stressed that whenever the government directs it will be done.
General Naravane stressed: “If that be the mandate so be it.”
Notably, Chief of Army Staff General M.M. Naravane on Thursday (January 9, 2020) visited the forward posts in Siachen sector.
He was accompanied by Lieutenant General Y.K. Joshi, Chief of Staff, HQ Northern Command and Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, General Officer Commanding, Fire & Fury Corps. He was briefed on the operational readiness being maintained in the sector by Commander, Siachen Brigade.
General Naravane also met and interacted with troops deployed at the forward posts in the Siachen sector.
Complimenting them for their tenacity and high morale despite the extreme challenges posed by inclement weather, difficult terrain and super high altitude conditions, he said that the entire nation is proud of the soldiers who are deployed in Siachen, defending the territorial integrity of India.
He exhorted them to continue to discharge their duties with the same enthusiasm and zeal and also assured them the full support of the country as well as the Army, in carrying out their duties.