Digital Desk, New Delhi. Army Chief (COAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Wednesday that although the troops may have partially retreated, the threat on the northern border with China has not diminished. Along with this, he also clarified that there has been an increase in the deployment of force from the Indian side. Addressing the annual convention of the Indian Army, Naravane said, “We will continue to deal with the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in a resolute and peaceful manner while ensuring the purity of our claims.” Necessary security measures are in place.
The Army Chief said that in the last one year, there has been positive development along the northern and western borders of the country. He said that on the northern frontiers, the Indian Army continues to maintain the highest level of operational preparedness, engaging in constant dialogue with the PLA. Stating that after continuous joint efforts, troops have been withdrawn from both sides at many places, Naravane said that the 14th round of Corps Commander level talks are going on and he is expected to see some positive developments in the coming days. have hope.
“We hope to resolve the Patrolling Point 15 (Hot Spring) issue in the current round of talks,” he said. Once that is done, let us look at other issues before the current standoff. Responding to a question about positive developments, the top military official said, talks have been going on for a long time. It is good that talks are going on. We have to keep talking to each other. The army chief, however, said the troops had partially retreated, but the threat had not subsided.
Naravane said that the level of force has been adequately increased in those areas where the troops have not yet retreated. In keeping with the military’s mandate of ensuring territorial integrity and responding to major enhancements to PLA forces and military infrastructure, threat assessments and internal discussions have resulted in the re-organization of forces.
Talking about up-gradation and development of infrastructure along the northern borders, the official said that it is being done in a holistic and comprehensive manner, including construction of roads and tunnels for all-weather connectivity, strategic railway lines, Brahmaputra This includes additional bridges, upgrades to bridges on important India-China border roads, and storage for fuel and ammunition supplies.
Major efforts have also been made to identify dual-use infrastructure, he said. Talking about the borders with Pakistan, Naravane said that along the Line of Control, after a prolonged tense situation, the DGMO’s understanding in February last year was aimed at achieving mutually beneficial and lasting peace.
As a result, the situation has improved significantly, Naravane said. However, increasing concentration of terrorists in launch pads across the Line of Control and repeated infiltration attempts are once again exposing their (Pakistan’s) nefarious intentions. We have resolved from our part to show zero tolerance towards terrorism, he said.
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