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Army ready for any eventuality, says Antony

December 17, 2008 15:13 IST
Last Updated: December 17, 2008 15:29 IST

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With Intelligence inputs warning of a possible aerial terror attack, Defence Minister A K Antony today said the armed forces were ready to take on any future threats against the country.

"We are ready for any eventuality," Antony told reporters while replying to a question on the sidelines of a function to honour war widows in New Delhi [Images].

Asked if the armed forces were ready to tackle ballistic missile threat from any rogue countries, the minister replied in the affirmative.

On the delay in resolving pay commission issues raised by the armed forces, Antony said an amicable solution was almost ready.

"It is almost there," he added.

Speaking about the efforts to locate the armed forces personnel who had gone missing during wars, Antony said the government was still looking for them and has taken up the issue with Pakistan.

"We have not abandoned our efforts to find out the where abouts of the missing soldiers. It is still a problem for us. We had taken up the issue with Pakistan but they did not allow us to visit all the places. We will do everything to find out these missing soldiers," he said.

The minister announced that the government was planning to finalise a policy for the welfare of the ex-servicemen and their families.

"We are in the final stages of finalising the policy for the ex-servicemen and we want to ensure the best care of ex-servicemen and war widows," he said.               

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