Creation of CDS a ‘Historical Step’, says Army Chief General Naravane

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday termed the creation of newly created post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) a very big step towards integration among three services.

“Creation of appointment of Chief of the Defence Staff CDS & Department of Military Affairs are historical steps. We will do everything to make the historical step successful. Our Integration will take everybody forward & together,” Naravane said at a media briefing.

Referring to the border with China, the army chief said the Indian Army is prepared to deal with challenges along the northern border.

On being asked about the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), he said, Army will take appropriate action on Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir if it gets orders from Parliament.

“There is a parliamentary resolution that entire Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. If Parliament wants it, then, that area (PoK) also should belong to us. When we get orders to that effect, we will take appropriate action,” the army chief said.

General Naravane further said, “Indian Army is a professional Army. We are for the people and by the people of India. Our actions are for our countrymen. We function within the ambit of Indian Constitution and core values enshrined in the Indian Constitution”.