NEW DELHI: Army chief General Manoj Pande on Thursday reached Leh on a three-day go to to the delicate Ladakh sector, and was briefed on the safety scenario alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at a time when the lingering border standoff in japanese Ladakh is in its third year, and a full decision continues to be not in sight despite the fact that the 2 sides have had partial success in disengaging rival troopers from some friction areas.
This is his first outstation go to after taking up the reins of the Indian Army on April 30 from General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
“The army chief was briefed on the security situation along the borders with special focus on eastern Ladakh. The high level of operational readiness being maintained by the forces while maintaining a high tempo of capability development was highlighted,” the army stated in a press release.
Talks between India and China are on to finish the impasse that has cast a shadow over the bilateral relationship.
“During his three-day visit to Ladakh, the army chief will visit forward areas in eastern Ladakh and interact with troops deployed along LAC, in the most difficult and inhospitable terrain in the world,” the army added.
The two nations have been locked in a border row since April-May 2020, and regardless of disengagement of troopers from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and Gogra-Hot Springs space, the 2 armies nonetheless have round 60,000 troops every and superior weaponry deployed within the Ladakh theatre.
The Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have held 15 rounds of navy talks to chill border tensions, however issues at Patrol Point-15 close to Kongka La, Depsang Bulge in Daulet Beg Oldi sector and Charding Nullah Junction (CNJ) in Demchok sector are nonetheless on the negotiating desk.
General Pande’s go to to Ladakh inside days of taking up as army chief displays his priorities each when it comes to the army’s operational readiness and the well-being of troopers deployed in difficult situations, stated former director common of navy operations Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia (retd). “The visit will act as a morale booster for our soldiers,” he added.
Earlier this week, General Pande stated that the Indian Army aimed to “re-establish trust and tranquility” with PLA, however cautioned that “it can’t be a one-way affair.” He additionally questioned China’s intention behind dragging out the method to reach at a framework that may present the premise for the delineation and demarcation of the bigger boundary between the 2 nations, or what is understood as the boundary question.
Pande stated the army’s “aim and intention” was to revive the established order ante of April 2020, including that the army’s posture alongside LAC was strong, and ample forces have been obtainable to cope with any contingency. He stated Indian troopers have been holding vital positions, and their posture was “firm and resolute” to stop any try by PLA to change the established order.