Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has said that Pakistan and China together form a "potent" threat, and the "threat of collusivity" cannot be wished away, ahead of the Army Day, being held on January 15.
During his annual press meeting, General Naravane stated, “Pakistan continues to embrace terrorism. We have zero-tolerance for terror. We reserve our right to respond at a time and place of our own choosing and with precision. This is a clear message we have sent across.
Addressing a press conference ahead of Army Day, Gen Naravane elaborated extensively on the situation in eastern Ladakh, and said Indian troops have been maintaining a very high level of combat readiness to effectively deal with any eventualities in the region. The Chief of Army staff said he was hopeful that India and China will be able to reach an agreement for disengagement and de-escalation based on an approach of mutual and equal security.