Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday said that if the Indian Army gets an order then it will take appropriate action to reclaim Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). He pointed out that a Parliamentary resolution states that the entire Jammu and Kashmir region is a part of India.
“There is a parliamentary resolution, that entire Jammu and Kashmir region is a part of India. If Parliament wants it, then that area (PoK) also should belong to us. When we get orders to that effect, we will take appropriate action,” the Army chief said while speaking to the media in Delhi.
Adding to this he also spoke over the killing of two unarmed civilians by the Pakistani Army in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, saying that he will deal with situations militarily.
“We do not resort to such barbaric activities and fight as a very professional force. We will deal appropriately with such situations in a military manner,” the Army Chief responded to a question by ANI on the same.
Two civilians, identified as Mohd Aslam and Altaf Hussain were killed, and two others were critically injured after the Pakistani Army carried out an attack on them in the Poonch sector.
Indian Army sources said that the Army carried out an attack on five unarmed civilians who crossed over fencing on LoC in the Poonch sector but were within Indian territory.
Sources in Poonch said the civilians had crossed the LoC fencing for grazing their cattle when they were attacked by the Pakistan Army. The LoC in recent times has seen frequent ceasefire violations by the Pakistani side.
General Naravane took over as the 28th Chief of the Army Staff on December 30, succeeding General Bipin Rawat who has become India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.