Army on alert af­ter in­tel warns of at­tack in S In­dia

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Pune: Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief of the South­ern Com­mand, Lt Gen S KSaini, said on Mon­day that the Army is alert to in­puts it has re­ceived about a pos­si­ble ter­ror at­tack in south­ern and penin­su­lar In­dia.

“We are tak­ing ad­e­quate pre­cau­tion to en­sure that any de­sign of in­im­i­cal el­e­ments or ter­ror­ists is stalled, and they do not suc­ceed,” Saini told re­porters on the side­lines of the foun­da­tion stone-lay­ing cer­e­mony for the phase-II project of the Army Law Col­lege (ALC) at Kanhe, about 45km from Pune.

The South­ern Com­mand cov­ers 41% of the coun­try’s land mass in 11 states and four Union ter­ri­to­ries.

On in­tel­li­gence re­ports about en­hanced de­ploy­ment by Pak­istani forces in the dis­puted Sir Creek area, which di­vides Gu­jarat from Sindh, Saini said, “We have re­cov­ered some abandoned boats in Sir Creek. We have un­der­taken mea­sures for ca­pac­ity build­ing and ca­pa­bil­ity de­vel­op­ment in this area keep­ing in mind the en­hanced threat per­cep­tion.”

Asked about the de­mar­ca­tion of bound­aries in the creek area, Saini said, “It is for the two gov­ern­ments to re­solve. As of now, there is no agree­ment on the bound­ary. The is­sue was part of the com­pos­ite di­a­logue be­tween the two gov­ern­ments.”

On Kash­mir, he said, “The ex­ter­nal di­men­sion to the is­sue is much more pro­nounced than the in­ter­nal di­men­sion. We have a very clear-cut pol­icy based on which we have been deal­ing with in­sur­gency. The govern­ment takes a com­pre­hen­sive view of ev­ery con­flict and un­der­takes po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial and diplo­matic mea­sure to re­solve it. The Army’s role is to cre­ate con­ducive con­di­tions for such ini­tia­tives by the govern­ment. At the mo­ment, the Army is fully geared up to chal­lenge any con­tin­gency aris­ing in J&K.”

On a se­ries of state­ments, in­clud­ing threats by Pak­istani lead­ers and se­nior Army of­fi­cers, Saini said, “Any threat does not make a dif­fer­ence to us. We are fully pre­pared to fight any sit­u­a­tion.”



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