Kashmir witnessing concerning rise in narco-terrorism: Northern Army Commander

Says Army prepared to meet any challenges in future, restoration of peace will always remain “our constant endeavour

Srinagar, Feb 07 : Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command on Tuesday said that Kashmir is witnessing a concerning rise in narco-terrorism and that the Army is prepared to meet any challenges in the future.

Addressing a gathering at the first segment of the Investiture Ceremony at BB Cantt, Srinagar, Northern Army Commander, as per the news agency-Kashmir News Observer (KNO) stated that the Northern Command is in a high state of readiness and morale to face constantly evolving threats and challenges.

“The security situation in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh poses many challenges in terrain and operational dynamics, especially from different adversaries along the Northern and Western Borders. We are committed to defending India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity while upholding the democratic traditions of the Nation,” he said.

He further added that they are maintaining a constant vigil, monitoring all developments and will take all necessary steps to protect the national interests.

“Indian Army is prepared to meet any challenges in the future and will always work for the betterment of the people of the Region. The last two years have brought to the fore newer challenges in the wake of abrogation of Article 370, the Galwan conflict and multiple waves of COVID-19,” he said.

The Northern Army Commander added that these challenges have only served to strengthen the resolve to be steadfast and determined in their commitment.

“The situation along the LOC has remained stable and the ceasefire understanding continues to sustain. A very strict vigil and a robust technology enabled multi-tiered counter infiltration grid is being maintained to thwart any attempts of infiltration,” the Army officer added.

He added that the ceasefire violations, infiltration bids or any other misadventure attempted by the adversary will be dealt with firmly. “Numerous infiltration bids have been foiled in the last year. The highest standards of professionalism and joint-ness displayed by the troops in all dimensions of Counter Terror Operations has nullified and limited the kinetic threat.”

Kashmir is witnessing a concerning rise in narco-terrorism, as Pakistan is now using this as a new tool in its proxy war, he said, adding that of late, a dual strategy of sending across drugs as well as weapons through drones is being employed to keep the fire burning in an attempt to disrupt the social fabric. “The cross-border smuggling of narcotics provides a succor to terrorism. The security forces are alive to this trend and have already initiated counter drone measures to curb the menace,” he said.

“Our focus continues to reinforce our intelligence setup by synergising with all stakeholders & sister agencies, to usher in peace and undertake developmental activities. The overall situation is progressively improving and a positive and conducive environment for accelerating the developmental initiatives of the government has been created. The dividends of peace and stability are reaching people in far flung areas and they are participating wholeheartedly to preserve and sustain this peace,” he further added.

On the LAC situation, he said that Army’s response to Chinese attempts to unilaterally change the status quo was a swift, undaunted and synergised action by the Indian Armed Forces. “Any adverse aggressive designs or attempts will definitely be met with appropriate posturing of forces and a strong intent with complete synergy amongst the three services,” he said.

He also said that the measures to resolve the LAC situation at diplomatic and operational levels are also simultaneously underway. “I assure you that the LAC in Eastern Ladakh is being dominated by physical patrolling and through technical means and our territorial integrity is being ensured. Restoration of peace and tranquility to enable progress in bilateral relations has been and will remain our constant endeavour,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Army Commander presented COAS ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ GOC-in-C Northern Command ‘Unit Appreciation’ and the GOC-in-C Northern Command Certificate of Appreciation’ to deserving units, who have excelled in operation during their tenure.

He further extended his compliments to the battalions for their inspiring acts in the highest traditions of the Army.

The Army Commander Commended all ranks of Northern Command for their dedication and devotion to duty in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

He also conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to the soldiers, who made the supreme sacrifice while facing adverse situations.

The General Officer also brought out that the ‘Whole of Nation Approach’ has led to the progressive improvement in the security situation in J&K and Ladakh.

He emphasised upon the ‘Whole of Nation Approach’ to meet the challenges and thus reposed full faith in the support forthcoming from the Union Government and the nation at large.

Lt General Dwivedi also expressed his gratitude to the people of J&K and Ladakh, the civil administration and the media for their unstinted support and wished for peace and contentment for the people of this region—(KNO)

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