Today, Army Chief General, Manoj Mukund Naravane stated that a “potent threat” formed by Pakistan and China and the “threat of collusion” cannot be wished away. Ahead of the Army Day, during the annual press conference, General Naravane stated that the Indian Army is alert not only in Ladakh but along all the northern borders.
According to the General, while dealing with challenges last year, Indian forces had to rise as he said, “Pakistan continues to embrace terrorism” and India has zero-tolerance for terror.” While talking about the reserved right to respond at a time with precision, he said that this is a clear message that India has sent across. “We are hoping for a peaceful solution but are ready to meet any eventuality,” he added.
Speaking about the challenges of last year the Army Chief General said that along with the northern borders, India has maintained a high state of alertness during Covid. He also informed that to bring in all the new technologies, a broad road map has been prepared to develop a technology-enabled army to meet the challenges of the future.
As of the latest significant development, from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, the Chinese Army has moved back around 10,000 troops. A high alert level has been maintained amid the standoff with China, said the General, “We are ready to meet any eventuality; our operational preparedness is of a very high order.”
However, General Naravane said that between China and Pakistan, cooperation has increased in both military and non-military sectors and he confidently stated that India should be prepared to deal with the two-front threat.