General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who recently took over as the 28th Chief of Army Staff, made it clear that the Army is ready to take action if we receive orders to reclaim Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The army chief said that there is a parliamentary resolution that Jammu and Kashmir including the region captured by Pakistan, belongs to India. The Indian army is all set to get it back if we get orders from Parliament.
Chief Naravane, while talking to media, said “As the Army, we swear allegiance to the constitution of India… Justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity enshrined in the constitution should guide us,”
Addressing a press conference in Delhi, General Naravane also stated that during the training, our main focus will be on preparing the Army for future wars which will be network-centric and complex. It is the “quality and not the quantity that will be our mantra on training for future warfare,” he said. “Men behind the machine matter the most. We will make sure that our men get the best and we will look into all their aspirations, needs,” General Naravane further said.
General Naravane’s remarks come amid the ongoing protests against CAA, while a few days ago CDS Bipin Rawat found himself in the midst of a controversy after he criticized people leading protests against the citizenship act, saying “Leaders are not those who lead people in inappropriate directions, as we are witnessing in a large number of university and college students, the way they are leading masses of crowds to carry out arson and violence in our cities and towns. This is not leadership”.
General Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as the Chief of Army Staff and has succeeded General Bipin Rawat who is now the Chief of Defence Staff. General Naravane extended his contribution as vice chief of the Army before taking charge of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army. He earlier headed the Eastern Command, which guards India’s nearly 4,000-kilometre-long border with China.