New Army chief General MM Naravane said today that the armed forces were focusing on “capability development” in connection with the border with China and expressed hope that maintaining peace and tranquillity there will help arrive at an “eventual solution”.
The army chief, who took over from General Bipin Rawat yesterday, has taken a tough line on Pakistan and the terror it sponsors, saying in such a situation, India “reserves the right to pre-emptively strike at the sources of terror”.
But he said while a lot of attention is being given to the “western front” – which includes the Line of Control, the “northern front also requires equal amount of attention”.
“It is in that context that we are now going in for capability development even in the northern borders, which includes the north-east parts of our country,” said the General, who earlier headed the Eastern Command, which guards the nearly 4,000-kilometre border with China.
“We have the Line of Actual Control with China. The border question is yet to be settled. However, we have made a lot of progress in maintaining peace and tranquility along the borders. And I am sure that the situation will prevail. And by maintaining peace and tranquility along the borders we will be able to set the stage for an eventual…