India’s new Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has warned Pakistan in a strong tone that India reserves its right to advance surgical strikes to target terrorist bases across the border.
According to Indian General Naravane, India’s neighbour is using terrorism as a state policy, and if it does not stop it, India reserves the right to strike in advance.
In his first interview to the media after taking over as India’s 28th Army Chief on December 31, General Naravane said, “Terrorism is a problem for the whole world. India favours eliminating terrorism from its root, many countries are being affected by terrorism, in which the whole world is beginning to understand the dangers of terrorism.
General Naravane accused Pakistan of ceasefire violations, saying, “ceasefire violations are taking place. We know that on the other side of the Line of Control, there are terrorists at several places waiting to invade the Indian territory.”
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“We are fully prepared to deal with this risk and our zero-tolerance policy on terrorism will continue” he added.
He added that all efforts by the Pakistani army to divert our attention from state-sponsored terrorism have failed.
It may be recalled that General Naravane has been made Army Chief after General Bipin Rawat, while General Rawat is taking over as the first Chief of Defense Staff of India today.