Indian Army says Ready to tackle challenges from Pakistan and China

New Delhi, July 26 : On the issue of increasing number of transgressions by Chinese PLA troops into Indian territory and  on the Pakistan elections, Lt. General Ranbir Singh, GOC, Northern Command  said  “India Army is full prepared to take on any challenge along the Actual Line of Control (LOC) and the Line of Control (LAC)”

Issuing a warning to the Pakistani establishment against any misadventure along the border, Lt. General Ranbir Singh, GOC, Northern Command said that it was for the people of Pakistan to decide who they vote for. “But we can assure our countrymen that we are fully geared for any challenge along the Line of Control (LoC),” he said.

Former Pakistan -turned- politician Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e- Insaaf party  inched closer to power on Thursday with the results of the country’s general election showing a massive lead by his party.

There was a marked increase in the number of Chinese transgressions into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in 2018 after the Indian and Chinese armies were involved in a 73-day faceoff at Doklam on the Sikkim-Bhutan border. The number of faceoffs on the LAC also shot up by 48 per cent last year.

Lt. General Ranbir Singh, GOC, Northern Command, addressing the armed forced, said, “India Army is full prepared to take on any challenge along the Actual Line of Control and the Line of Control.”

He said, “On a no.of occasions there have been reports that People’s Liberation Army of China carried out transgressions in various areas along Actual Line of Control but such transgressions took place in areas where we’ve different perception of Actual Line of Control.”

On March 8, Chinese PLA troops entered almost 6 km deep inside Indian territory near the scenic Pangong lake area  in Ladakh sector leading to a stand-off between security personnel of the two sides, according to security sources.

Transgressions by Chinese PLA  troops inside Indian territory  has increased specially in Ladakh and Arunchal Pradesh  while airspace violations were also carried out by their Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) .

In May, 22 of the 30 transgressions were registered on the ground by PLA soldiers.

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