Digital Desk, New Delhi. Army Chief (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Wednesday that 350-400 terrorists are present at launchpads and training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Addressing the Indian Army’s annual press conference, the COAS said that the threat from Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) has not diminished in any way.
The army chief said, the threat cannot be ignored. He said the DGMO’s undertaking in February last year after a prolonged tense situation along the Line of Control with Pakistan was aimed at achieving mutually beneficial and lasting peace. The top military official said that as a result of this a significant improvement has been observed in the situation.
However, the increase in the concentration of terrorists in the launch pads across the Line of Control and repeated infiltration attempts has once again exposed their (Pakistan’s) nefarious intentions, the Indian Army Chief said. We have resolved from our part to show zero tolerance towards terrorism, he said. He said that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved from the point of view of the entire government.
He said that the efforts to give an indigenous color to terrorism by wearing the mask of proxy terrorism tanzeem have failed miserably. Simultaneously, he said that anti-social elements have re-activated their efforts to disturb peace in the Valley by targeting minorities and non-locals. Naravane said, however, that we are capable of meeting these challenges.
Talking about Siachen, Naravane said that the Siachen issue happened due to unilateral efforts of Pakistan. Explaining how the process of withdrawal of troops could take place, the official said that the Indian Army is not against the demilitarization of the Siachen Glacier. But a pre-condition is the acceptance of the actual ground position line by Pakistan, he said.
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