Army chief vows to respond to Pak 'intensely'

Army chief vows to respond to  Pak 'intensely'

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday asserted that the Indian military would respond to Pakistani provocation on the Line of Control in a “more than adequate, intense and immediate” manner.

Responding to a question on Pakistani troops beheading soldier Lance Naik Hemraj on January 8 last year, Gen Suhag said: “Our response to any such acts will be more than adequate in future. It will be intense and immediate.”

The highly decorated officer made this assertion after his first Guard of Honour to welcome as the Chief of Army Staff. He had taken over as India’s 26th Army chief, succeeding Gen Bikram Singh, on Thursday.

Gen Suhag said he would enhance the Army’s operational preparedness. “Force modernisation, infrastructure development, optimisation of human resources, welfare of serving personnel and ex-servicemen are issues that are very close to my heart,” the new Army chief said.

He vowed to do his best for the welfare of men behind the gun and provide them with the required equipment and weaponry. The Army, however, has not procured any artillery guns since the Bofors systems of the 1980s.

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