New Delhi: In a significant development, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), General Manoj Mukund Naravane, on Saturday said that the Army will take ‘appropriate action’ on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) if orders to that effect are given to it by the government. Also Read - Focus Will be to Make Army Ready For Any Threat: Army Chief Naravane After Taking Charge
General Naravane, who on December 31 succeeded General Bipin Rawat as the 28th CoAS, was addressing the annual Army Chief’s Press Conference, ahead of the 72nd Army Day on January 15. General Rawat took over as the country’s first-ever Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on January 1. Also Read - Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane Takes Charge as 28th Chief of Army Staff
“There is a parliamentary resolution that the entire Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. If Parliament wants it, then, that area (PoK) also should belong to us. When we get orders to that effect, we’ll take appropriate action,” the Army chief said. Also Read - Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane to Take Charge as 28th Army Chief on Tuesday
Several leaders of the ruling party have repeatedly called for PoK to be integrated into India. Recent days have also seen tough comments made by several ministers of the government over possible military action in the region. Last months, there were reports on social media of India having captured a village in PoK; the reports, however, were officially denied by the Army.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, too, has frequently expressed his apprehensions, saying recently that ‘India could carry out some sort of action‘ in PoK.