Addressing the fourth conclave of defence attaches here, Rawat also said that "we are manufacturing weapons not just to arm our defence forces, but we are now precisely becoming expert-oriented defence industry".
The Pakistan Foreign Office alleged that reports of terrorists waiting to infiltrate the border are an attempt to divert the international community's attention from the 'grave violations' in Jammu and Kashmir
The Army chief also said that Pakistan’s Balakot terror camp, which was targeted by Indian air strikes after the Pulwama attack, had been reactivated. He said that at least 500 militants are waiting to infiltrate into J&K from Pakistan.
On the second day of his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, General Rawat was briefed by senior officers on the ground. On Friday, the army chief had exhorted troops to be ready for any contingency along the Line of Control.
Imran Khan, who was on three-day visit to the US, said the Pulwama attack was an "indigenous thing". “It was a Kashmiri boy radicalised by the brutality of the security forces. He blew himself up," he said.
The Chief of Army Staff also reviewed the mission readiness of units, response mechanism to ceasefire violations, counter-infiltration measures and preparation to deal with action on the Line of Control.
The 17 participating nations were Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Indian contingent was represented by Maratha Light Infantry’s Jangi Paltan.
IN A bid to deter soldiers from taking to social media to air their grievances, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat Sunday warned of disciplinary action against those posting complaints online instead of using official channels of redressal. Addressing the Army Day parade at Delhi Cantonment, where he also gave away gallantry awards, General Rawat said, […]