'Article 370 abrogation has helped counter proxy war'

Updated: Jan 16, 2020, 09:07 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

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 two union territories

Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane inspects the guard of honour at Cariappa Ground, Delhi, on Wednesday. Pic/PTI
Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane inspects the guard of honour at Cariappa Ground, Delhi, on Wednesday. Pic/PTI

New Delhi: Army chief General M M Naravane on Wednesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 as a "historic step" and said the move has 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 in the Cariappa Parade Ground. "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 two union territories. The Army chief said, "Abrogation of Article 370 is a historic step. It will prove to be important in integrating J&K 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 Line of Control or Line of Actual Control, we have ensured security with activeness and strength," he said, adding the situation at northern borders (China border) is relatively peaceful. The Army chief said the situation along the LoC is linked with situation in J&K. "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 brimming with confidence at the post. "In last few days, some of our soldiers achieved martyrdom due to avalanche. We will always remember their sacrifice," he noted.

August 5
Day last year the Centre abrogated Article 370

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