Army Chief visits forward areas along India-Pak border in Jammu

New Delhi (NVI): Army Chief General MM Naravane today visited forward areas along the India-Pakistan International Border in the Jammu-Pathankot region and review the current security situation and operational readiness of the troops deployed on the ground.

“The COAS was briefed by Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, GOC, Rising Star Corps on the operational preparedness, up-gradation of security infrastructure and the internal security matters,” PRO Defence Jammu, Lt Colonel Devender Anand said in an official release by PIB’s Defence Wing.

During his visit, Gen Naravane reiterated the ‘zero tolerance’ policy against ceasefire violations by Pakistan and infiltration attempts by terrorists along LoC.

“He further highlighted that all agencies of the services and Govt are working together relentlessly and will continue to do the same to defeat the nefarious design of proxy war being fueled by our adversaries,” said the Defence PRO.

The Army Chief, accompanied by GOC Tiger Division, also reviewed operational preparedness in forward areas. He interacted with the field formation Commanders and troops on the ground. The General also visited the forward areas of Gurj Division and was briefed by Maj Gen YP Khanduri, GOC Gurj Division.

The Army Chief addressed all ranks of Western Command through video conferencing and lauded the morale of the troops. He expressed complete confidence in the Indian Army’s capabilities to thwart any misadventure by the enemies of our country and handle any situation, the defence spokesman said.

He also commended the efforts of all the formations of Western Command in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the ongoing ‘Op Namaste’.

Operation Namaste has been launched by the Army Chief to combat the spread of COVID-19 among security forces.

On his arrival in Jammu, the Army Chief was received by Lt Gen RP Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, GOC Rising Star Corps, Maj Gen VB Nair, GOC Tiger Division and Air Cmde AS Pathania, AOC, AF Stn Jammu, as per the official release.

-ARK