Army Chief reviews operational preparedness on western border


New Delhi, Amid unprovoked and continued ceasefire violations on the northern border with Pakistan, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat on Saturday visited Western Command Headquarters and reviewed the operational preparedness along our western borders, an official statement said. During his visit, the Western Army Commander, Lieutenant General Surender Singh briefed and updated the Army Chief on the current operational situation, prevailing security environment and preparedness of the formations, especially in Amritsar and Samba Sectors. The COAS interacted with officers of the Command Headquarters and complimented them for maintaining highest standards of training, operational readiness and exemplary synergy with the Indian Air Force (IAF). “The Army Chief General Rawat directed the formations to ensure continued state of vigilance and alertness and be prepared to decisively deal with emerging challenges that may develop”, the official release said. There is an escalated tension between India and Pakistan following the gruesome terror attack on the CRPF convoy at Pulwama in which 40 personnel were martyred on February14. IAF is also on the highest alert since February 26 when IAF destroyed the terror camps at Balakot in Pakistan in a non-military pre-emptive action. Following that Pakistan fighter jet attempted to target Indian military installations near Udhampur after violating Indian airspace on February 27.