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Army Chief MM Naravane on PoK: 'Will take appropriate action if get orders'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 January 2020, 17:52 IST
General Manoj Mukund Naravane (PTI)

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday said Indian Army will take appropriate actions on Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) if it gets an order from the Parliament.

"There is a parliamentary resolution that entire Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. If Parliament wants it, then, PoK also should belong to us," said the Army Chief while addressing to media.

"When we get orders to that effect, we will take appropriate action," he added.


This apart, Naravane also spoke on the formation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). A very big step towards the integration of the three forces and the Army will ensure its success, he added.

 He also asserted that allegiance to Constitution should guide "us in all times". "Justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity as enshrined in Constitution must guide us," he said.

Naravane said the focus of the training will be on preparing the Army for future wars which will be network-centric and complex.

"We are prepared to deal with challenges along the northern border," the Army chief said when asked about China enhancing military infrastructure.

"We are initiating rebalancing of preparedness along the northern border, including moving advanced weapon systems," he said.

He said the focus will be on integration within the Army and among the three services.

"The formation of the CDS and the creation of a department of military affairs is a very big step towards integration. We on our part will make sure that this is a success," the Army chief said.

"Integration will also be within the Army and the integrated battle group is just one example of that. But I also want to assure everyone that in this process of integration we will take everyone along. Nobody will be left behind," he said.

The Army chief's remarks come days after Gen Bipin Rawat took over as India's first Chief of Defence Staff with a mandate to bring in convergence in the functioning of the Army, the Navy, and the Indian Air Force and bolster the country's military prowess.

(With PTI Inputs)

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First published: 11 January 2020, 17:52 IST