Ladakh Standoff: Don't test India's patience, Indian Army chief warns China

Giving a clear message to China amid the ongoing dispute in Ladakh, Indian Army chief General MM Narwane said on Friday that no one should make the mistake of testing India's patience.

Ladakh Standoff: Dont test Indias patience, Indian Army chief warns China
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New Delhi: Giving a clear message to China amid the ongoing dispute in Ladakh, Indian Army chief General MM Narwane said on Friday that no one should make the mistake of testing India's patience.


However, he added that India is committed to resolving the border impasse along the northern border through dialogue and political efforts.


In an address at the Army Day parade, General Narwane said the "plot" to "unilaterally change the border" was "reacted" and the sacrifice of heroes in Galvan in eastern Ladakh would not go in vain.




"We are committed to resolving disputes through dialogue and political efforts, but no one should make the mistake of testing our patience," he said.


The army chief said, "I want to assure the country that the sacrifice of Galvan Nayaks will not go in vain. The Indian Army will not let the sovereignty and security of the country suffer any harm."


In the violent skirmish in the Galwan Valley on June 15 last year, twenty Indian Army soldiers had laid down their lives. This was the first time ins several decades that lives were lost in a conflict between the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army of China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).


However, China has not yet revealed the number of its soldiers killed and wounded in the Galwan Valley clash. According to an American intelligence report, the casualties were 35 on the Chinese side.




General Narwane said that there were eight rounds of military talks between India and China to bring the situation under control. Our efforts will continue to seek solutions to the current situation on the basis of mutual and equal protection.


Referring to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, the Indian Army chief said that the neighboring country remains a safe haven for terrorists.


"The enemy is reacting strongly on the other border. Pakistan remains a safe haven for terrorists. Around 300-400 militants are ready to infiltrate into training camps across the LoC (Line of Control)," he said.


"There was a 40 percent increase in ceasefire violations last year, which is a testimony to Pakistan's sinister plans. There were also attempts to smuggle arms using drones," he added.

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