NEW DELHI: The “extremely tense” border situation with China and Pakistan as well as the status of infrastructure development in forward areas and the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) will be reviewed by the Army brass this week.
The Army commanders’ conference chaired by General M M Naravane, from October 26 to 29 comes amid the continuing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh and the sharp rise in ceasefire violations (CFVs) by Pakistan.
India has already registered over 3,800 CFVs across the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan this year, which is the highest in annual records since 2003.
“Though there has been no major mobilisation of Pakistani forces along the LoC, Islamabad obviously intends to keep the LoC volatile at a time when our focus is on the troop standoff with China in eastern Ladakh,” an officer said.
The two-front situation remains a major challenge for India. While the Army has deployed three additional divisions (each has over 12,000 soldiers) in eastern Ladakh, officers said adequate measures have been taken to also maintain operational readiness along the LoC.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh will also address the conference on Tuesday, along with chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat.
There are also plans afoot to fast-track the infrastructure build-up in the ANC, which is the country’s only theatre command with all manpower and assets of the Army, Navy and IAF under one operational commander.