M S Nazki
High alertness, top class vigil and battle ready was the dictum that was preached as the Indian Army Chief was on the LOC!
Suntzu, of course almost all our officers and world over militaries have read down the ages had written in his compilations, for to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. Indian army is a specialist at that too and the same has been proven time and again. That is what they are precisely doing right now. Peace on LOC is a must but with the guard up well up!
It’s also the time when there is calm and silence on the LOC but it in no way means that nothing can happen. Just a sheer instinct of madness can spoil the show and we all know who can do it but at the moment the best option is to continue with some serious vigil on the ridges because these places have been explosive in the past.
Our men are warriors in every sense of the word, men who actually go into combat on missions that bring them eye to eye with their enemy, up close and personal. Even their methods of taking on the enemy are extremely dangerous, dark night leaps, jumps, crawls and hand to hand combat are very serious business. I guess that’s why I find it hard to accept how our society tosses around the word warrior when describing an athlete, businessman, or even a politician. Warrior is a man who takes on the adversary head on. A warrior’s training is continuous in order to maintain a constant state of readiness, often taking him away from the ones he loves and those he’s sworn to protect. A warrior does this not for reward but for a chance to join his brothers on a high-risk mission.
These men on the LOC are warriors. It may not be a fighting mission or an insertion at the moment but it’s all about keeping a watchful eye across the frontiers and of course not to let the guard droop. That is what the Army Chief Mukund Manoj Narvane was telling the truth in his own typical signature style.
The Indian Army has already done the heavy lifting by freeing the people of the scare and the fear of the terrorists from across and some from Kashmir on some mission which can be never realized now it is people who have to take the responsibility to move the UT ahead and take advantage of the situation now created.
Yes the calm on the LOC is heartwarming and the people who stay in these regions are wobbling and bouncing about but still they have to be careful. The reason is the dreadful virus floating about. The people on the LOC have to be careful about it and if in trouble then there is Indian army to help them out and as such they are doing so in an immaculate style.
It may or may or may not be a point of major concern at this moment yet the fact is that the Pakistan Army is conducting a Corps level exercise just on the other side. The exercise code named as Taskheer-e- Jabal in Kotli. Yesterday the Pak Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa was there to see it and the troops (more about this later in the story)!
The situation in today’s world keeps changing rapidly and we have to be prepared for any eventuality. The army guards the frontiers with soldiers in battle rigs ready to guard every time and all the time. Thus it is the great military leaders who announce their arrival with their subtle moves, deft placements and methodical implementation as to what they have in their mind. The Top Brass here in Olive Greens is special and they have proved it time and again. At the root of great military leaders is their ability to genuinely care for people. That is what the Indian army is doing. The chief was on the LOC and this is what he said:
(COAS) reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control.
The COAS accompanied by Lt Gen YK Joshi, the Northern Army Commander and Lt Gen DP Pandey, Chinar Corps Commander visited the formations and units, wherein the local Commanders briefed the COAS on the existing security situation and the measures instituted to foil infiltration by terrorists from Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The COAS interacted with the troops and complimented them for their high morale and the high state of operational preparedness.
They should remain prepared to meet any emerging security challenges effectively. Not to let down the guard and prepared to meet any eventuality was the mantra he emphasized.
He appreciated the current state of peace prevailing along the Line of Control.
The Army Chief also complimented all government agencies for their close coordination in maintaining peace in the region and reaching out to the people wholeheartedly to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Powerful strategies, tactics, weapons, officers, men and leaders are allies to the defense of the country. Great military leaders support but never claim victory all by themselves. Peace is always won for a cause and our leadership precisely knows what the cause at the moment is. In combat needless to mention that they are supremely gifted.
II.On the other side of the LOC
I had said yesterday that plenty was happening as Pakistan was conducting a high profile exercise. It is a corps level exercise where a couple of days the Pak Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa was there to see what was happening. Incidentally it is not happening far from the LOC nearer to both Poonch and Uri. This was what Bajwa was telling his officers, men and the troops.
Pak Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited a field training area near Kotli in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) where he was briefed about the conduct and modalities of a Corps level exercise.
The exercise Taskheer-e-Jabal is aimed at enhancing operational preparedness of formations, encompassing defensive and offensive tasks during various contingencies within an operational cycle.
‘Rigorous training and continued practice of operational drills are imperative for effective response to wide ranging threats’.
‘The troops and units participating in the exercise will rehearse various defensive and offensive maneuvers in the mountainous terrain’.
Appreciating dedication and professionalism of participating troops, Pak COAS expressed satisfaction over combat readiness of the formation.
The X Corps is a corps of the Pakistan Army, currently assigned in Rawalpindi, Punjab Province of Pakistan. It is one of two corps that are currently active in Kashmir. One of its most important brigades, the 111th Infantry Brigade in Rawalpindi, is assigned Presidential Guard duties along with ceremonial duties for foreign dignitaries arriving in Pakistan. The current commander of this corps is Lt Gen Azhar Abbas and he was the one who received Bajwa in Kotli (Mirpur).
So this was what is happening on the LOC as peace prevails. Indian Army is well prepared and Pak Army is doing operational maneuvers in POK. It is peace and harmony and that is what is needed and it is the fourth month in running that everything seems good. Hopefully it remains so as that is what the people want!