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On LAC, Army says any aggressive designs or attempts will be met with appropriate posturing

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Northern Army Commander Lt General Upendra Dwivedi on Tuesday said any adverse aggressive designs or attempts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by China will definitely be met with appropriate posturing of forces and a strong intent.

GOC-in-C, Northern Command Lt General Upendra Dwivedi was speaking at an investiture ceremony at Army’s Srinagar based 15 Corps.

He said on the LAC, the response to Chinese attempts to unilaterally change the status quo was a swift, undaunted and synergised action by the Indian Armed forces.

“..Any adverse aggressive designs or attempts will definitely be met with appropriate posturing of forces and a strong intent with complete synergy amongst the three services,” Northern Army Commander said.

He said the measures to resolve the LAC situation at diplomatic and operational levels are also simultaneously underway.

“ I assure you that the LAC in Eastern Ladakh is being dominated by physical patrolling and through technical means and our territorial integrity is being ensured. Restoration of peace and tranquility to enable progress in bilateral relations has been and will remain our constant endeavour,” Lt Gen Dwivedi asserted.

He said that Northern Command is in a high state of readiness and morale to face constantly evolving threats and challenges.

“The security situation in Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh poses many challenges in terrain and operational dynamics, especially from different adversaries along the Northern and Western Borders. We are committed to defending India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity while upholding the democratic traditions of the Nation. We are maintaining a constant vigil, monitoring all developments and will take all necessary steps to protect our national interests. Indian Army is prepared to meet any challenges in the future and will always work for the betterment of the people of the region,” he added.

Lt Gen Dwivedi said the last two years have brought to the fore newer challenges in the wake of abrogation of Article 370, the Galwan conflict and multiple waves of COVID-19.

“These challenges have only served to strengthen our resolve to be steadfast and determined in our commitment,” he said.

The Northern Commander said the situation along the Line of Control has remained stable and the ceasefire understanding with Pakistan continues to sustain.

“A very strict vigil and a robust technology enabled multi-tiered counter infiltration grid is being maintained, to thwart any attempts at infiltration,” he said, adding that ceasefire violations, infiltration bids or any other misadventure attempted by the adversary will be dealt with firmly.

He said numerous infiltration bids have been foiled during the past year.

“The highest standards of professionalism and jointness displayed by the troops in all dimensions of counter terror operations has nullified the kinetic threat,” he said.

Lt Gen Dwivedi said the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has brought many lessons.

“Russia-Ukraine war have brought forth many lessons such as the employment of disruptive and dual Use technologies. Information warfare, cyber and space have emerged as new domains of warfare. Gray Zone warfare in both the kinetic and non-kinetic domains is a challenge and we have adapted well to the ambiguities associated with these strategies. It is essential that we equip ourselves, progressively factor and consider these peculiarities to facilitate better and more effective war fighting,” he said.

Lt Gen Dwivedi exhorted all ranks of Northern Command to be prepared for a variety of challenges on the internal and external security front.

Earlier, Lt Gen Dwivedi, presented certificate of appreciation and unit appreciation awards to nominated battalions deployed in Northern Command for their gallant action towards protecting territorial integrity of the nation and in carrying out counter terrorist operations resulting in overall improvement in the security situation in J&K.

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