Can take PoK if Parliament wants : Army Chief Naravane

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New Delhi, January 11, 2020: The new Chief of the Indian Army, Manoj Mukund Narvane, today said, “There is a parliamentary resolution that entire J&K is part of India.If Parliament wants it,then,Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) also should belong to us. When we get orders to that effect, we’ll take appropriate action.”

He was speaking to mediapersons ahead of the Army Day celebration on January 15.

Speaking on the fratricides like the one in Iran and over Srinagar (Budgam IAF chopper crash) in February 2019, he said, “The formation of an air defence command will help ensure that there are no fratricides as far as we are concerned.”

The Army Chief also informed that there will soon be a hotline between Indian Director General Military Operations (DGMO) and the Chinese Western Command.

On preparedness for a two-front war, Gen Naravane said, “In case of threat from both fronts, there’ll be a primary and secondary front. Wherever there is primary front, we’ll deploy bulk of forces. On secondary front, we’ll ensure we aren’t found wanting.That’s why we’ve dual front task forces. Re-balancing is required as there is a feeling that both northern and western borders require equal attention.”

Army Unit on Pakistan border to get Apache helicopters

Army Chief General Naravane said, “The six Army Apache attack choppers would be given to an Army unit on the western borders from where there is a greater threat from armoured columns. Everyone in Jammu and Kashmir, be it on LoC or hinterland, is doing a tremendous job. We have full support of people. We are grateful to local police and administration who support us. They don’t have a harsh word to say about the army.”

Army swears allegiance to Constitution of India

“As the army, we swear allegiance to the Constitution of India…Justice, liberty, equality and fraternity enshrined in the Constitution should guide us,” Gen Naravane said.

Training of first batch of women started

During this, he gave a mantra that in the coming days we will focus on quality and not on quantity. Be it buying equipment for the army or recruiting soldiers in the army. At the same time, on the inclusion of women soldiers in the army, he said that the training of the first batch of 100 women personnel has been started from 6 January at the Corps of Military Police Centre in Bengaluru.

Historical steps told to appoint CDS

Army Chief General Naravane further said that the appointment of the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) is a major step towards integration of the armed forces and we will ensure from our side that it is successful.