Army to retain additional troops in Ladakh for the long haul

Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong’s claim on Thursday about the location of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Pangong Tso and his refusal to clarify the LAC point to a scenario where the Indian Army will have to increase its permanent deployment on the disputed and tense border.

A senior Army officer told The Indian Express on Friday: “Our preparations and activities will be based on the actions of the adversary. As long as they retain capability, we have to be prepared for it because intent can change. We will maintain troops on the LAC according to that assessment.”

This means that the Army will have enhanced deployment on the disputed Ladakh border till total disengagement by troops at the points of friction and completion of total de-escalation by the two forces.

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