Ops will move to north this year: Army Chief

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New Delhi, Jan 12: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday said that the counterinsurgency operations in Kashmir will be shifted to northern areas this year
"In 2017, our focus of the operations was in South Kashmir. This year it will shift to North Kashmir's Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore and Lolab and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there," he said.
Acknowledging that China is exerting pressure on the Indian border,he said that China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation.
"The time had come for India to shift focus to its northern border. The country is capable of handling China's assertiveness. China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation," the Army chief said.
Recognising the threat posed by China on the border, the Army chief said that the troops are ready tackle any aggressive manoeuvre by China.
Referring to the US' warnings to Pakistan over its handling of terrorism, Rawat said India will have to wait and see its impact.
"Militants are a disposable commodity in Pakistan and the Indian Army approach has been to ensure that it feels the pain," he said.
He also stressed the need of inducting modern weaponry to prepare the army to fight battles of the future.
"We need modern weapons and technology. We have to look at what we require to fight the future wars. We have to get systems that are best suited for our requirements," he said.
The General also informed the media about armed forces preparedness to move ammunition and forces in times of conflict.
"We need to have capacities to ensure that ammunition can move from one sector to another and we are focusing on it. We also need to build capacity to move forces from western sector to northern sectors," he said.
General Rawat said at a press conference here, and added that a soldier should have capability to carry out operations in day and night.
To this end, General Rawat said that the prime requirement of the security force is surveillance helicopters: “Our first requirement is of surveillance helicopters. We are looking at Kamov that are coming in. It is moving on track. 2019 should be the year when we should start looking at the real modernisation of helicopters.”
He further informed infantry soldier on border who engage with the enemy first will get modern assault rifles, and added: “Assault Rifle which is primary weapon of Infantry soldier has got delayed due to the changed General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR).”
“For other arms and service, we are looking at indigenous weapons. We are getting UAVs for Infantry commanders to utilise in his area of three to five kilometres,” General Rawat added.

 

 

 

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