Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has said while terror launch pads exist across the Line of Control(LoC), Pakistan needs to “change the policy” and “look beyond short-term gains”.
Speaking exclusively to our diplomatic correspondent Sidhant Sibal, the Army chief commenting on recent India-China face-offs said one should “not read too much into this” and that the Army will “ensure peace and tranquillity is maintained in the border areas.
General Naravane also spoke on the Army’s role in the national efforts against COVID-19 and situation in Kashmir calling the Handwara encounter a “stray incident”.
Earlier this month, I had gone to Sikkim, and after that, I had gone to the southwestern command which is on our western front, I am glad to say at both places, we are totally prepared, operationally ready to take whatever task we have to do.
From safeguarding our borders, or to help our civil administration to tide over the COVID-19 crisis. As far as the situation in the northern border is concerned, I will not call it skirmishes, I would rather say it is face-offs and these faces-offs have been happening in the past also, nothing new about it.