On Kargil Vijay Diwas, Northern Army Commander assures full preparedness

DRAS: The Indian Army will give a befitting reply to any Pakistani misadventure and is fully trained to tackle any contingency, said the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh here today, even as election results are still emerging for the neighbouring country.
The Army Commander while speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations in Dras also added that that the situation in Kashmir is stable with violence parameters better this year.
When asked about the Pakistan elections and its consequences along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan, Lt Gen Singh didn’t comment and said that the elections are an internal matter of that country.
“But with regard to challenges along the LoC, I want to say that the Indian Army is prepared for any contingency. Any misadventure of the adversary will be given a befitting reply. The army is fully trained, motivated and prepared to handle any contingency,” said the Northern Army Commander.
“After the Kargil war, there were political developments, but there is no change in our preparedness,” he added.
The officer on Kashmir said, “the situation in Kashmir is stable. The violence parameters in 2018 is better than in 2017 and the earlier years. A large number of stone pelting incidents have been taking place. Last year it was more and now it is relatively less.”
“This shows the comprehension of the youth that it is futile to attack the security forces…there are however incidents to spoil peace and this is due to the nefarious designs of our adversary. But the overall situation is stable and security forces are in full control of it,” he added.
When asked what message would he give to the people who support terrorism in J&K, Lt Gen Singh explained that a large number of people in the state are peace loving. “There are pockets of terrorists who are recruited locally and some are from across the Line of Control. But should there be terrorist activities, they will be repulsed by the security forces.”
He also added that the Indian Army adheres to human rights of the civilian population. “The Indian Army is carrying out its activities in a professional manner. To the population I will say that we respect human rights. During conduct of operations we ensure minimum collateral damage.”
To the adversary and people who use facilities in Pakistan, the army commander said that, “I wish to assure you that if any terrorist or person with wrong intentions cross the LoC, he will not live to see another day.”