PM at Army HQ, Reviews Military Operations - The New Indian Express

PM at Army HQ, Reviews Military Operations

Published: 09th January 2014 08:22 AM

Last Updated: 09th January 2014 08:22 AM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday made a rare visit to the Army headquarters to review the military operations readiness of the armed forces along with the services’ top brass.

Singh, who has his office at the West end of the South Block, crossed over to the Army headquarters at the East end of the building to meet the top brass in the armed forces, putting the security personnel in the highly secure area into a tizzy.

The Prime Minister, defence officers said, reviewed the forces’ preparedness to face any misadventure from Pakistan and China at the ‘War Room’ in the Army’s Military Operations Directorate, that gave him a detailed presentation for about an hour.

Though the PM meets the tri-services commanders twice a year and addresses them on national security issues during their conferences, this visit to the Army headquarters’ war room came for the first time ever during his 10 years in office.

2013 has been one of the worst years faced by the Indian armed forces on the border front with respect to Pakistan and China, including frequent ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army personnel along the 778-km Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army troopers has frequently transgressed into the Indian side of the 4,058-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.

With the US all set to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, leaving out only a residue for training the Afghan National Army, India is preparing to play a greater role in its immediate neighbourhood in capacity building and ensuring its interests there are guarded.

There is also a fear of terrorism rearing its head, in Afghanistan, after a majority of the US troops move out of the war-torn nation.

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