Committed to resolve disputes through talks: Army Chief

Gen Naravane at the same time said India is committed to resolve the over eight-month-long military standoff with China through talks. [File]

The Indian Army will stand firm against any attempt to “unilaterally” change the “status quo” at the borders and its desire for peace and tranquillity should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane said on Thursday, remarks that came against the backdrop of the Ladakh standoff with China.

In a message aired on All India Radio (AIR) on the eve of the Army Day on Friday, Gen Naravane said the Army is committed to resolving disputes through dialogue.

He also said the Army was swift and decisive in its response to the design of the adversary but at the same time prevented the military stand-off in eastern Ladakh from escalating further.

The Chief of Army Staff said the Army shall not hesitate to strike at the very source of terrorism to safeguard India’s interests.

Gen Naravane said he was confident that the Army’s military character built on secular credentials, robust discipline and astute professionalism will continue to strengthen the force in meeting the aspirations of an emerging India.

The Army Chief said the armed forces remained vigilant and determined to maintain “operational ascendancy” across all of India’s borders, be it the Line of Control(LoC), Line of Actual Control(LAC), AGPL (Actual Ground Position Line) or the international border (IB with Pakistan) “We will stand firm against any attempt to unilaterally change the ‘status quo’ at our borders, as is evident from the fact that the Army was swift and decisive in its response, while at the same time, preventing the stand-off from escalating further,” he said.