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Troops on alert as disengagement talks with China continue: Northern Army commander

🔴 Although Indian and Chinese armies are in talks for complete disengagement, the Operation Snow Leopard is still on, said Lt Gen Joshi at the Northern Command’s investiture ceremony in Udhampur in Jammu.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu |
Updated: January 23, 2022 4:53:26 am
Lt Gen Y K Joshi at the Northern Command’s investiture ceremony in Udhampur, Saturday. (Express Photo)

Northern Army Commander Lt General Y K Joshi on Saturday described 2021 as a “watershed year” for the armed forces, which stood up to aggression on the LoC and the LAC, and said troops are on alert to meet any eventuality even talks are in focus to resolve the ongoing standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

Although Indian and Chinese armies are in talks for complete disengagement, the Operation Snow Leopard is still on, said Lt Gen Joshi at the Northern Command’s investiture ceremony in Udhampur in Jammu.

“We along with the Chinese Army have successfully done disengagement from many areas in eastern Ladakh. While talks are going on with PLA for disengagement from the rest of the areas, our troops are maintaining vigil on those icy heights,” Lt Gen Joshi said.

This is living testimony of our soldiers’ exemplary courage, valour and determination, he said.
“Operation Snow Leopard abhi bhi barkarar hai, aur humarey sainik abhi bhi hamesha ki tarah choukas aur puran roop se tayar hein (The Operation Snow Leopard is continuing and our soldiers are alert and fully prepared),” said Lt General Joshi.

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Operation Snow Leopard was launched by the Army that increased deployment at strategic heights along the LAC to oversee Chinese troops.

On Saturday, the Northern Army commander also spoke of the force’s counter-insurgency campaign and said that the people of Kashmir have rejected terrorism and separatism. He said it was a “big achievement” that the number of terrorists in the Valley has been reduced to less than 200.

“The ceasefire along the LoC has provided relief to the border residents. But the attempts of infiltration of terrorists is going on, and are being foiled by our alert personnel,” Lt Gen Joshi said, adding that there are now fewer terror-related and stone pelting incidents in the region.

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