‘Historic Step’: Army Chief hails abrogation of Article 370, says decision affected plans of Pakistan, its proxies
New Delhi |Jagran News Desk: Referring to Pakistan and its proxies, Army Chief General Manoj Narvane on Wednesday termed the abrogation of Article 370 as historic step and said that the revocation has adversely affected plans of the "western neighbour"
Addressing the Army personnel on the occasion of 72nd Army Day in Delhi, Naravane reiterated that India has zero-tolerance against terrorism.
"Abrogation of article 370 is a historic step which will connect Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country. The decision has adversely affected the plans of western neighbour and its proxies. We have zero-tolerance against terrorism. We have many options to give a reply to terrorists and will not hesitate to use them,' he said as reported by news agency ANI.
In August last year, the government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, which conferred special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories -- Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Naravane said that the security has increased in North East areas due to continuous efforts of Indian Army and Assam Rifles and added that talks with many insurgent groups are underway.
The Army chief also said that the force is increasing its capabilities in space, cyber, special operations and electronic warfare. "We are also eyeing on future forms of battle. In the 21st century, the creation of integrated battle groups is an important step," Naravane said.
He said that there will be a demand for high-level operation preparedness in the coming time."Indian Army is ready to face challenges today and is capable to face expectation of the future," Naravane added.
General Naravane also conferred medals to the jawans at the Parade ground in Delhi Cantonment area. During the occasion, a woman Indian Army Captain Tanya Shergill, who is from the fourth generation Indian Army family, led an all-men parade at the event.
Earlier in the day, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Narawane, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh paid tribute at the National War Memorial.
(With Agencies Inputs)
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