NEW DELHI: India’s “proactive and resolute responses” led to the troop disengagement with China on both sides of
in eastern Ladakh as well as the fresh ceasefire agreement with
said on Friday.
Addressing the combined commanders’ conference at Kevadia in Gujarat, Singh also expressed hope that the ongoing diplomatic and military talks with China would head in a positive direction in resolving remaining friction points. India will “wait and watch” to ascertain if Pakistan was serious about observing the ceasefire this time, he said.
“Our ability to secure India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty from external threats and internal challenges have been strengthened in the
. Our armed forces today are proactive and more resolute in their response,” he added.
During the conference, to be addressed by PM
on Saturday, Singh spoke on the defence and security of the nation, emerging nature of military threats, the critical role of armed forces in meeting these challenges and the nature of warfare in the future.
India’s interests, he said, were defined by the elements of national integration, sovereignty, sociology-economic development, conservation of our values and a peaceful and harmonious region and the world at large.
Noting that the government was committed to defence reforms, he stressed the need to increase “jointness” in the armed forces to build an integrated war-fighting machinery.
The minister reviewed progress in the proposed creation of two new unified tri-Service commands in the shape of the ‘functional’ Air Defence Command (ADC) and the ‘geographical’ Maritime Theatre Command (MTC) this year.
The ADC and MTC will be followed by creation of theatre commands for the land borders with China and Pakistan as part of the country’s biggest-ever military restructuring plan.