Abrogation of Article 370 a historic step, says Gen Naravane on Army Day

The annual Army Day Parade 2020 at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi

New Delhi, January 15

Army chief Gen MM Naravane on Wednesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 as a “historic step” saying the move had disrupted plans of the “western neighbour and its proxies”.

The armed forces have “zero tolerance against terrorism”, he said at the 72nd Army Day function at the Cariappa Parade Ground here.

“We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them,” he said.

On August 5 last year, the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into union territories.

The Army chief said, “Abrogation of Article 370 is a historic step. It will prove to be important in integrating Jammu and Kashmir in the national mainstream. This decision has disrupted the plans of our western neighbour and its proxies.”

Gen Naravane said the country had to face some security challenges last year.

“Not only it countered proxy war but other situations. Whether it is LoC (Line of Control) or LAC (Line of Actual Control), we have ensured security with activeness and strength,” he said, adding that the situation at northern borders (China border) is relatively peaceful.

The Army chief said the situation along the LoC is linked with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Today, we remember those who have made ultimate sacrifice for the country. It will keep inspiring the coming generations,” he said.

Mentioning his visit to Siachen last week, he said he was extremely happy to see all the ranks at the post brimming with confidence.

“In the last few days, some of our soldiers achieved martyrdom due to avalanche. We will always remember their sacrifice,” he noted.

Dhanush and K-Vajra gun systems were showcased for the first time in the Army parade. PTI

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