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Scrapping of Art 370 historic step: Army chief

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
Last updated on: January 15, 2020 14:03 IST
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Army chief General M M Naravane on Wednesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 as a "historic step" and said the move has disrupted plans of the "western neighbour and its proxies".

IMAGE: Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane inspects the guard of honour during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Ground, in New Delhi. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo

The armed forces have "zero tolerance against terrorism", he said at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground.

"We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them," he said.

 

On August 5 last year, the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

The army chief said, "Abrogation of Article 370 is a historic step. It will prove to be important in integrating Jammu and Kashmir in the national mainstream. This decision has disrupted the plans of our western neighbour and its proxies".

Gen Naravane said the country had to face some security challenges last year.

"Not only it countered proxy war but other situations. Whether it is Line of Control or Line of Actual Control, we have ensured security with activeness and strength," he said, adding the situation at northern borders (China border) is relatively peaceful.

The army chief said the situation along the LoC is linked with situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Today, we remember those who have made ultimate sacrifice for the country. It will keep inspiring the coming generations," he said.

Mentioning his visit to Siachen last week, he said he was extremely happy to see all the ranks brimming with confidence at the post.

“In last few days, some of our soldiers achieved martyrdom due to avalanche. We will always remember their sacrifice," he noted.

Dhanush and K-Vajra gun systems were showcased for the first time in the army parade.

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