THREE INCIDENTS of ceasefire violation with a direct post-on-post hearth have taken place in the previous couple of weeks on the Line of Control (LoC), Army Chief General M M Naravane stated Saturday. He stated means again in 2003 too, such incidents had spiralled into common firings, which, in impact, rendered the ceasefire settlement ineffective.
Speaking on the India Today Conclave, Naravane talked about that whereas girls have been allowed within the non-combat streams of the Army, they’re unlikely to be allowed into the infantry, armoured and mechanised infantry within the near future.
Talking concerning the scenario with Pakistan alongside the LoC, he stated the renewed understanding to comply with the ceasefire settlement in February labored until July, however “from the end of July, these sporadic incidents have started again. It is again following the pattern of 2003 when it started with one odd incident, and then rose to as good as not having a ceasefire.”
He stated that during the last month, “we again see renewed attempts at infiltration” and have foiled “two or three” such makes an attempt. But past that too, he stated, “there have been three incidents of proper ceasefire violation, that is, one post firing at the other post, mostly in the area of Shamshabari Range, in North Kashmir.”
While not linking it to the modified scenario in Afghanistan, the Army Chief stated within the early 2000s, “definitely we had foreign terrorists of Afghan origin” in Jammu and Kashmir. “There is reason to believe that the same thing might happen once again, that once the situation in Afghanistan stabilises, we could see an inflow of these fighters from Afghanistan,” however, he stated, “we are prepared for any such eventuality”.
Expressing concern concerning the spurt in terrorist-related incidents in Kashmir just lately, he stated killing of civilians was “reprehensible”. “They don’t want normalcy. It is just the last-ditch attempt to stay relevant in this scheme of things.”
On the potential of a two-front warfare, Naravane stated the “possibility of a collusive scenario will always be there” between Pakistan and China, however past the army too, “at a national, political, diplomatic level, all steps will be taken to ensure that we don’t come to a situation where we are facing two enemies at the same time.” However, in case it occurs, “we have our strategies in place” and “will be able to ensure that the nation’s interests are always safeguarded.”
Speaking about the potential of girls in fight roles, he stated girls are allowed in all arms besides infantry, armoured and mechanised infantry, and “for the foreseeable future that would remain the same, and I will not make any false promises”. It might change sooner or later, he stated, however “we have to move slowly, and change will happen but at its own pace.”
Even as the character of warfare is altering and expertise is the main target, he stated boots on floor will stay a necessity for India. “We have two unsettled borders, both on our west and our north. Although it is good to be talking about technology, the nature of unsettled borders makes it very necessary to also have boots on ground. The physical occupation of territory, to be able to stake our claim to it, and to be able to protect the territorial integrity, these necessities aren’t going away anywhere.”
He stated that armed forces need to prioritise, in the case of modernisation. The wishlist is lengthy, however we proceed to hold out a means of analysing our risk perceptions, how quickly or late they might manifest.”
Talking concerning the risk from drones, the Army Chief stated if “the tank vs anti-tank battle was the driver for technological innovation in the last century, I think drones vs counter-drone systems would be what would be the focus of all countries in the foreseeable future. We have made considerable progress in this regard.” He stated that the Army has operationalised swarm drone expertise on the border areas.