Army chief General MM Naravane on Tuesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 as a “historic step” and said the move has disrupted the proxy war by the “western neighbour”.
The armed forces have a “zero tolerance against terrorism”, he said in his address at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground here. “We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them,” he said.
After assuming charge last month, General Naravane had also issued a strongly worded warning to Pakistan to desist from sponsoring terrorism.
“We have evolved a strategy of resolute punitive response against sponsored terrorism. If Pakistan does not stop state-sponsored terrorism, we reserve right to pre-emptively strike at sources of terror,” General Naravane had said, adding, “…multiple options across spectrum of conflict to respond to any act of terror sponsored or abetted by Pakistan”.
The Army showcased its military might and some of its state-of-the-art assets at the majestic Army Day parade on Wednesday.
Gen Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat were present on the occasion.
Army’s Captain Tania Shergil, the first woman Parade Adjutant, led all-men contingents at the Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi Cantt, officials said.