Newly-appointed Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday assured that the country’s armed forces are fully prepared to meet any eventuality and always ready to make supreme sacrifices in the line of duty. ”I pray to Waheguru ji to give me courage and strength to perform my duties as the Chief of Army Staff. All three services are ready to defend the country,” General Naravane said.
Ahead of that, the Army Chief General paid tribute to the martyrs at National War Memorial here. General Naravane saluted the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, the eternal flame, and laid a wreath at the memorial.
Speaking to media, Gen Narvane said, ”Our priority will be to be operationally prepared at all times. We will pay special attention to respect human rights.” Gen Naravane had on Tuesday taken charge as the 28th Army Chief and asserted that he has a good idea of not only the training part of the Army but also the operational part.
He further said that its important to continue to maintain high standards of operational readiness. He added that the Army will observe New Year celebratory meeting all across the Line of Control (LoC).
“Due to my experience in the Army, particularly the last couple of tenures, I have been able to get a good idea of not only the training part but also the operational part. So, I feel most important is to continue to maintain high standards of operational readiness,” General Naravane said in an interview to news agency ANI.
Speaking to the media on terrorism, General Naravane called it a worldwide problem, adding that India has been at the receiving end of terrorism for a long time. He also added that it is only now that the entire world and many countries affected with terrorism are coming to realise what a threat it is.
The Army Chief, speaking on Pakistan, said the “neighbour is trying to use terrorism as a tool of state policy, as a way of carrying out a proxy war against India”. “As far as our neighbour is concerned they are trying to use terrorism as a tool of state policy, as a way of carrying out a proxy war against us. While maintaining deniability. However, this state can’t last long, as they say you can’t fool all the people, all the time,” added General Naravane.