Army Chief General MM Naravane slammed China and Pakistan on the occasion of the Army Day Parade. He said that last year has been very challenging for the army. Army Chief General MM Naravane on Saturday bluntly said that any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo on the country's border will not be allowed to succeed. His target was clearly towards China, with which tension has been prevailing on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for more than one and a half years.
Addressing the Army Day Parade at the KM Cariappa Parade Ground, the Army Chief, citing developments along the northern borders with China, said, "Last year has been extremely challenging for the Army”. Referring to the eastern Ladakh standoff, General Naravane said that 14 rounds of military-level talks have been held between India and China to bring the situation under control and maintain it. Joint efforts at various levels have led to the completion of the retreat of troops in many areas, which is a constructive step. Efforts will continue to find solutions based on mutual interest.
Addressing the military parade, Army Chief General MM Naravane said that the soldiers are stationed on the snow-capped mountains for the security of the country and they are in high spirits. Giving a strong message to China and Pakistan, the Army Chief said, 'Our patience is a sign of our confidence, but no one should make the mistake of testing it’. Our message is clear, the Indian Army will not allow any unilateral attempt to change the status quo on the country's border to succeed.
Army Chief General MM Naravane also took a dig at Pakistan during his speech and said that the situation is better on the Line of Control (LoC) this year, but Pakistan is still giving shelter to terrorists. Infiltration attempts from across the border are continuing, which are being thwarted by our jawans. 144 terrorists have been killed in anti-terror operations. However, 300-400 terrorists are still engaged in a conspiracy to infiltrate India. "The army will never allow them to succeed", says army chief MM Naravane.