General M M Naravane interacts with troops and compliments them for their high morale and high state of operational
preparedness in Kashmir. (PTI)
ARMY chief General M M Naravane on Thursday said the longevity of the ceasefire along the Line of Control with Pakistan depends on the actions of the neighbouring country but asserted that there would be “no slackening” of preparedness as terror infrastructure across the border was intact. “The ceasefire along the LoC is holding as of now. The onus of making sure that the ceasefire holds is squarely on Pakistan. We are willing to observe the ceasefire as long as they do so,” he told a few select journalists at the end of his two-day visit to Kashmir. The Army chief said other activities like terror infrastructure including terrorist camps and presence of terrorists on the other side of the LoC were continuing in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
“Therefore, there can be no slackening of our level of preparedness,” he added. Asked if Islamabad can be trusted as the ceasefire has been holding for 100 days now, Gen Naravane said, “There have been decades of mistrust between India and Pakistan. So, the situation on that score cannot change overnight.” He said if Pakistan observes ceasefire in letter and spirit, the small steps can lead to incremental gains. “If Pakistan continues to desist from fomenting trouble in India, then the small steps can lead to that level of trust that you are talking about,” he added. Army chief General M M Naravane reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir on Thursday and lauded the troops for the high level of operational preparedness. Gen Naravane arrived on a two-day visit to Kashmir on Wednesday to review the overall security scenario in the Valley.
“On the second day of his two-day visit to #Kashmir, General M M Naravane #COAS reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control,” the Army wrote on its official Twitter handle. It said the local commanders briefed the Chief of Army Staff on the existing security situation and the measures instituted to foil infiltration bids by terrorists. “#COAS also interacted with the troops and complimented them for their high morale and the high state of operational preparedness,” the Army added. On his arrival in Srinagar on Wednesday, Gen Naravane, accompanied by Lieutenant General Y K Joshi, the Northern Army Commander, and Lieutenant General D P Pandey, the Chinar Corps Commander, visited units and formations in the hinterland.