New Delhi: Days after highlighting that the Indian Army is ready to take on any challenge from the neighbouring country, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said the Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) region continues to be the epicentre of terrorism.

While speaking at the Times Now Summit 2020, General Rawat said: “The spectre of terrorism as it relates to our region, the epicentre here continues to be Af-Pak region with organisations like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, JeM, and LeT being some of the very prominent groups that continue to disrupt humanity.”

Rawat also highlighted that India gets affected because of the developments in West Asia and Central Asia because they have a direct impact on the national interest of the country.

“India also gets impacted with developments beyond its immediate neighbourhood and in the Indian Ocean region. We are concerned about developments in West Asia and Central Asia because they do have a direct bearing on our national interest,” General Rawat said.

Rawat added that the country has to ensure comprehensive security in terms economic development to build a strong India.

“To build a strong India, we have to ensure comprehensive security in terms economic development, cybersecurity, space, food, community development, environment, health and education but not to forget the relevance of security through a strong military,” he added.

Earlier this month, Rawat had said that all the Defence services of the country are be prepared for any option that may emerge from the neighbouring country.

“All defence services are tasked to be prepared for any option that may emerge. It is very difficult to predict the scenario but we are always prepared for any task that we are assigned,” General Bipin Rawat said while talking about Pakistan.