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Seinagar. Indian Air Force Western Command chief today said someday PoK will join this part of Kashmir. He said had the UN not intervened they would have taken PoK in 1947-48. But he added at present there are no plans to take the PoK militarily.
“After the Instrument of Accession was signed, we moved our troops quickly, Srinagar Airfield was saved and thereafter we could launch a frontal offensive and push the Pakistani military which came as raiders further back. I am sure had the UN not intervened perhaps the entire Kashmir would have been ours. It was not only Army participation in Budgam but there had been many many small missions which were carried out that resulted in freedom of Kashmir,” he said talking to reporters in Srinagar. “I reminded of the seizure of Poonch. In Poonch people who had migrated from Pakistan built an air strip in the area in seven days without much mechanical support. That resulted in the landing of IAF aircraft in Poonch saving the entire area,” he added.
He said the IAF carried out attacks at Srinagar Airfield till the fuel ran out. He said they also carried out an attack in Skardu at the ammunition dump and General KS Thimayya, the Indian Army’s chief in 1948, was monitoring it from air. “All these actions resulted in ensuring freedom of this part of Kashmir. I am sure someday Pakistan occupied Kashmir will join this part of Kashmir and we will have the whole of Kashmir in years to come,” he added.
However, he ruled out any military action saying, “we don’t have a plan (to take PoK) at the moment.”
He said the Indian Air Force faces so many challenges and the basic challenge is that of technology as it changes rapidly and they have to keep pace with it.