New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday spoke in Rajya Sabha about the ongoing standoff between the Indian troops and Chinese army along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in Ladakh.Also Read - Monsoon Session of Parliament Day 4: Lok Sabha Passes 2 Key Agriculture Bills Despite Farmer Protests
The minister asserted that China shouldn’t doubt India’s resolve to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and said no power on earth can stop the Indian Army from patrolling.
Responding to Opposition’s questions on Indian soldiers being pushed back from traditional patrolling points, he assured that there would be no change in patrolling patterns in eastern Ladakh, the site of the dispute.
“The patrolling pattern is traditional and well-defined. No power on earth can stop Indian soldiers from patrolling. Our soldiers have sacrificed their lives only for this,” Defence Minister said.
Without giving particular details, he said that he would not be able to share much more because these were sensitive operational issues.
The minister also said that India wants a peaceful solution to the boundary issue, but will not shy away from any action required to defend the sovereignty of the country.
Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha that China attempted to change the status quo along the LAC with its provocative military manoeuvres late last month and that there is a mismatch between what Beijing says and does.
”Chinese side again engaged in provocative military manoeuvres on the night of 29th and 30th August in an attempt to change the status quo in the South Bank area of Pangong Lake. But yet again, timely and firm actions by our armed forces along the LAC prevented such attempts from succeeding”, he added.
(With Agency inputs)