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Pakistan, China form potent threat, ready to meet any eventuality: Army Chief

General Naravane said Indian forces would have to be prepared to deal with a "two-front" threat scenario as there was "increasing cooperation" between China and Pakistan in both military and non-military sectors.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2021 2:22:02 pm
Army Chief General M M Naravane addresses the Army Day annual press conference at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)

Army Chief General M M Naravane Tuesday said Pakistan and China formed a “potent threat”, and the “threat of collusion” could not be wished away. Addressing an annual press conference in New Delhi, General Naravane said Indian forces would have to be prepared to deal with a “two-front” threat scenario as there was “increasing cooperation” between China and Pakistan in both military and non-military sectors.

“Last year we had to walk the talk and rise to the occasion in dealing with challenges. We are fully prepared to deal with any threat facing the nation,” General Naravane was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. He added, “Pakistan and China together form a potent threat, and the threat of collusion cannot be wished away.”

Amid the standoff with China, General Naravane said India has maintained high alert level along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). “We are ready to meet any eventuality; our operational preparedness is of very high order,” he said.

General Naravane said he hoped an agreement for disengagement and de-escalation would be reached with China. “We will hold on to our positions in eastern Ladakh and hope for a solution based on mutual and equal security,” he said.

Naravane also accused Pakistan of continuing to use terrorism as “an instrument of state policy”.

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