Indian Army Day 2020: Scrapping Article 370 a historic step, disrupted plans of 'western neighbour, its proxies', says Army chief MM Naravane
Army chief General MM Naravane on Wednesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir as a 'historic step' and said the move has disrupted plans of the 'western neighbour and its proxies'
Speaking at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi, Army Chief General MM Naravane said that the armed forces have 'zero-tolerance against terrorism'
He also said that the decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution has disrupted the plans of our western neighbour and its proxies and will prove to be important in integrating Jammu and Kashmir in the national mainstream
On 5 August 2019, the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union territories
New Delhi: Army Chief General MM Naravane on Wednesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 as a "historic step" and said the move has disrupted plans of the "western neighbour and its proxies".
The armed forces have "zero-tolerance against terrorism", he said at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi.
"We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them," he said.
On August 5 last year, the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories.
The Army chief said, "Abrogation of Article 370 is a historic step. It will prove to be important in integrating Jammu and Kashmir in the national mainstream. This decision has disrupted the plans of our western neighbour and its proxies".
Gen Naravane said the country had to face some security challenges last year.
"Not only it countered proxy war but other situations. Whether it is LoC (Line of Control) or LAC (Line of Actual Control), we have ensured security with activeness and strength," he said, adding the situation at northern borders (China border) is relatively peaceful.
The Army chief said the situation along the LoC is linked with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Today, we remember those who have made ultimate sacrifice for the country. It will keep inspiring the coming generations," he said.
Mentioning his visit to Siachen last week, he said he was extremely happy to see all the ranks brimming with confidence at the post.
"In the last few days, some of our soldiers achieved martyrdom due to avalanche. We will always remember their sacrifice," he noted.
Dhanush and K-Vajra gun systems were showcased for the first time in the Army parade.
The 270-km highway was blocked since Tuesday due to landslides, mudslides and shooting stones at 33 places in Ramban and Udhampur districts
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that the Jammu and Kashmir police will continue counter terrorism operations in all Kupwara, Pulwama and Kulgam and won't let terrorists deter security forces efforts to bring peace in valley
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said as per the documents and other incriminating materials recovered from the encounter site, one of the killed terrorists has been identified as Abdullah Goujri, a resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan