Indian forces ready to fight for Azad Kashmir: Indian chief. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Saturday that the armed forces are willing to’ reclaim’ Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir if the Indian parliament orders them to do so, India Today reported.
“If the[ Indian] parliament wishes[ Azad] Kashmir to be part of India, then we will take the action necessary to achieve that aim,” the newly appointed head of the Indian army told the media.
“There is a parliamentary resolution that includes the whole of Jammu and Kashmir. If Parliament decides to, then that region[ AJK] will belong to us as well.
The new Indian General has not indulged in offensive posturing for the first time. Gen Naravane said in an earlier statement that India “reserves the right to take preventive action against sources of terror.”
In addition, he said India “has developed a strategy of resolute punitive response to sponsored terrorism.”
Pakistan opposed the declaration, finding it “irresponsible.”
In its statement, the Foreign Office said that Pakistan was completely capable of responding to any Indian aggression in AJK, and that New Delhi should not forget the appropriate response of Islamabad to its Balakot aggression last year.
Tensions have been strong between the two nuclear-armed neighbors after New Delhi revoked India-occupied Kashmir’s special status in August 2019, forcing a military lockdown into the valley.
The two countries had engaged in cross-border aerial missions in February 2019, which culminated in Pakistani forces capturing the Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
Finally, Pakistan let go of the captured pilot as a sign of goodwill. News report on Indian forces ready to fight for Azad Kashmir: Indian chief