NEW DELHI: Any intimidation from the Chinese army will be firmly dealt with, Army Chief General MM Naravane said on Wednesday, during his annual media briefing.
Gen Naravane said that the Army continues to maintain a high level of vigil and alertness on the northern border, while also continuing to engage with China through military-level talks.
Speaking of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, the Army chief said that an increaed concentration of terrorists have been reported at launch pads across the Western border, while reiterating a ‘zero-tolerance to terrorism’ policy. He also said that the situation in J&K has shown a gradual improvement.
“On the western front, there is an increase in the concentration of terrorists in various launch pads & there have been repeated attempts of infiltration across the LC. This once exposes the nefarious designs of our western neighbour,” Gen Naravane said, without naming Pakistan.
Since January last year, there have been positive developments along the northern and western borders, the army chief added.
Gen Naravane also said that the Nagaland firing incident will be thoroughly proved, while stressing that the overall security situation in the North east remains under control.
“The regrettable incident that occurred in Oting, Nagaland on Dec 4 is being thoroughly investigated. We remain committed to the security of our countrymen, even during the conduct of operations,” he said.
The Army chief during the media interaction said that women are being given equal oppoirtunities in the Army, and the matter of permanent commissioning of junior officers is in the pipeline.