Army Vice Chief Lt Gen SK Saini on Tuesday said terrorist launchpads are being reoccupied and their camps are being reactivated across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
"The situation in Jammu and Kashmir on both LoC and the hinterland are under control. The launchpads have been reoccupied and terrorist camps are active. Saini said that ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army have gone up last year but the Army was “fully geared up to meet challenges that come across”.
In the last few weeks, there have been reports about the heightened activity of terrorists in PoK backed by the Pakistan Army. Asked about his priorities as Vice Chief, he said, “Removing hollowness in terms of critical deficiencies of equipment, ammunition etc, capability development along the Northern borders.”
Hollowness in Army preparedness was first highlighted as few years ago when it was brought by the then Army Chief Gen VK Singh that the force was facing critical shortage of ammunition and weapon systems required for fighting wars.
Saini also stressed that he would work for aligning the Army Headquarters with the newly created Department of Military Affairs under Chief of Defence Staff. He said he would work towards bringing in more jointness into the working of the Army with the newly created structures.
By: India Today