Army Chief General MM Narwane said on Tuesday that Pakistan and China together pose a serious threat to the security of the country and their fraudulent treatment towards India cannot be ignored. General Narwane spoke to the media in detail on the situation in East Ladakh ahead of Army Day and said that Indian troops are preparing very high-level combat preparedness to deal effectively with any situation.
The army chief said that he hoped India and China would be able to reach an agreement to withdraw troops and reduce tensions on the basis of mutual and equal security. Referring to the occupation of some strategic high altitude areas on the southern side of Pangong Lake by the Indian Army, he said that the army would maintain its position in eastern Ladakh in line with the interests and goals of the country.
On overall national security challenges, General Narwane said that both China and Pakistan have a hypocritical attitude towards India. The army chief said, “Pakistan and China together remain a serious threat and the threat from their fraudulent thinking cannot be ignored.” He said that India has to be prepared to deal with the threat scenario on ‘two fronts’. He said that cooperation in military and civilian areas between China and Pakistan is increasing.
General Narwane said that Pakistan has been continuously using terrorism as a tool of state policy and India will continue to combat this problem effectively. The army chief said that we have the right to respond to terrorism from across the border at our preferred time. He said that we have taken a high level of vigilance along the Line of Actual Control. The army chief said that we keep changing our preparations based on geopolitical developments and threats.
General Narwane said that the operations preparations of the Indian Armed Forces had been of a very high standard and they would maintain it. “We are ready to hold on until we achieve our national goals and objectives,” he said. On the increasing security challenges along the Line of Actual Control, the Army Chief said that the need to re-balance troops on the northern borders was felt.
The army chief said he hoped that India and China would be able to reach an agreement to withdraw troops and reduce tensions based on mutual and equal security efforts. He said, “I am confident that a solution can be found to this issue on the basis of mutual and equal protection”.