Army Chief expected to review preparedness, Western Command units told to be ready within locations

Sources in the Army informed that orders have been issued to the formations under Western Command that all deficiencies of war-like stores must be immediately completed

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: October 1, 2016 10:19 am
surgical strikes, army western command, war preparation, general dalbeer singh, army chief, indian army, india pakistan border, india pakistan war Army Chief General Dalbir Singh. PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla

The Army units under Western Command have been directed to maintain a high level of preparedness within their respective locations in order to respond quickly to any order to be deployed in their respective operational areas. The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, is also expected to visit the Western Command headquarters here to review the operational situation.

Sources in the Army informed that orders have been issued to the formations under Western Command that all deficiencies of war-like stores must be immediately completed and the units should be ready to prepare for any contingency. The leaves of all essential personnel have already been curtailed. The Western Army Commander, Lt Gen Surinder Singh, is reported to have been in close touch with his Corps Commanders over the levels of preparedness and has called a meeting of the senior Commanders to review the situation.

Sources informed that the Army divisions based in Ferozepur and Amritsar, which fall under the Jalandhar Corps, the Patiala-based armoured division as well as the subsidiary units of the Meerut-based infantry division located in Punjab have been in a state of alert well before the operation on Line of Control (LoC) took place. “The Pakistan Army has been observed to have moved its regular units close to the border in the past few days and hence we are well prepared. A Pakistani brigade had been observed to have moved to forward locations in the Sialkot sector,” an officer revealed. The Western Command units in the Pathankot-Kathua-Samba-Jammu-Akhnur stretch have already a higher state of alert due to the insurgency in J&K.

The senior Army officer disclosed that while the actual deployment of troops will depend upon the politico-military situation as it develops, the review of operational plans of the Command is being undertaken in order to meet any directions from the higher headquarters. Incidentally, it was only two weeks back that the Western Command got a permanent GOC-in-C after the appointment remained vacant for a month and a half as senior Army officers’ postings were put on hold.

The Western Command has two defensive Corps under its Command which are headquartered in Jalandhar in Punjab and Yol in Himachal Pradesh respectively. A third, strike corps, is headquartered in Ambala has is the spearhead for any military operation that has to be carried into enemy territory. The area of operation of the Command stretches from Ferozepur in Punjab to Akhnur in Jammu and Kashmir. The South Western Command is responsible for the defence of Southern Punjab and adjoining Rajasthan.

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    Ikok
    Oct 1, 2016 at 6:18 am
    Bsby you can dream about.. Think of saving your present position
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      Ikok
      Oct 1, 2016 at 6:02 am
      Fjgure out where the next Rajnith Singh drama will be staged ..
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        Ikok
        Oct 1, 2016 at 6:04 am
        Punjabi.. your fighting force is from indian punjab...
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          Bagatsingh
          Oct 1, 2016 at 7:00 am
          It is high time some surgical strikes are conducted on the corrupt mainstream media editors, who are actually working for terrorists within India and in stan. The source of funds and terror connections of the south Indian English "national" - in fact anti-national - newspaper must be probed.
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            Anti
            Oct 1, 2016 at 5:39 am
            That bafoon is lying fools its surgical strike of nurses and we lovesss it lol
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              Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
              Oct 1, 2016 at 5:59 am
              A another Indian SURGICAL strike will put NAKAM SHARIFF and his NAPAK in hospital in a non SUGERICAL state..
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                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                Oct 1, 2016 at 5:53 am
                Porky pigs,--your destruction will soon come to an end.
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                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 6:07 am
                  Will be staged in PORKISTAN when Hindustan will legally take its Indian subcontinent and Hindu land back from the converted Arabian slaves.
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