NEW DELHI: Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Narvane on Tuesday addressed the annual conference where he addressed key matters relating to the threat India faces from hostile neighbours and Army’s preparedness for any eventuality. Here are the highlights from Narvane’s presser:
On India and China border standoff in Ladakh
* India is hopeful that the border confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh will find a peaceful solution but the Army is also prepared for any eventuality, said Narvane.
* The Army chief said that all logistics have been taken care of in case of any eventuality and the Army has maintained a high state of alertness all along the northern borders.
* Narvane said the Army will hold on to its positions in eastern Ladakh. His statement comes in the backdrop of the Chinese Army moving back around 10,000 troops from the depth areas near the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh but the deployment in the frontline areas has remained the same.
On Pakistan resorting to terror
* Narvane said that India has sent a clear message to Pakistan of zero-tolerance towards terrorist activities.
* “Pakistan continues to embrace terrorism. We have zero-tolerance for terror. We reserve our right to respond at a time and place of our own choosing and with precision,” he said.
Can Pakistan and China team up against India?
* Without mixing words, the Army chief said that India cannot wish away collusion among threat countries.
* “Pakistan and China together form a potent threat and the threat of collusivity cannot be wished away,” he said, adding, that the Army keeps modifying its preparedness based on geopolitical developments.
* There is increased cooperation between China and Pakistan in both military and non-military sectors. The two-front threat is something that we should be prepared to deal with, said the chief.
2020 was a year of challenges
* Reflecting on the year gone by, Narvane said that the last year was full of challenges.
* We had to walk the talk and meet the challenges. We did so and came out on the top. The main challenge was CO19 and the situation at the northern borders said the chief.
* We need to restructure and enhance our capabilities considering what has happened last year, said Narvane.
Army bringing in new tech
* A broad roadmap has been prepared to bring in all the new technologies to develop a technology-enabled army to meet challenges of future, said the chief.