December 2007 News

Infiltration into J&K likely to increase: Gen Kapoor

13 December 2007
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Army fears infiltration attempts by jehadis and fundamentalist elements from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir may increase in coming days in the wake of political turmoil in the neighbouring country. 'Possibility of Jehadis and fundamentalists (from Pakistan) coming into this side is not ruled out,' Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor said here today. Though the infiltration becomes difficult in winters due to snow, the Army Chief said the militants could use routes south of the Pir Panjal to sneak in. Kapoor, who was speaking on the sidelines of a seminar here, said security forces had mounted a strong vigil all along the Line of Control to check any spurt in terrorist activities. Asked about whether Indian Army was concerned about reported intrusions of Chinese Army into Bhutan, he said it was a matter between Bhutan and China to solve. 'It is a matter between Bhutan and China to resolve. So that is a issue at diplomatic level. I have nothing to say,' he said . On the upcoming military exercise between Indian and Chinese Army, Kapoor said it will basically focus on counter terror operations. 'The threat of terrorism is increasing. We all are facing it. The exercise will basically focus on counter terrorism operations,' the Army Chief said. Indian and Chinese Red Army troops will carry out their first ever joint military exercise in mountains of Kunming in Yunnan province from December 19. Army officials had said 88 troops and officers from India and an equal number of personnel from the Chinese Army would take part in the exercise for nine days in the Yunnan highlands. Asked about Nepalese Army Chief Gen Rookmangud Katawal visit to India, General Kapoor said both the armies have a very cordial relations. Katawal yesterday met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and is understood to have sought resumption of arms shipments from India to his country. He also held extensive discussions with General Kapoor. Gen Kapoor sought enhanced participation by private sector in defence production to help the process of modernisation required to meet the 'complex, diverse and evolving' security challenges faced by the country. He said as his force remains committed to tackle insurgency, it has to be prepared for wars which are likely to be short and intense characterised by increased lethality in the nuclear backdrop. 'The nation today is faced with complex, diverse and evolving security challenges and Indian Army continues to play a pivotal role in securing peace and stability,' he said addressing a conference here. 'The current situation of continuous commitment of Indian Army in counter insurgency situation both in Jammu and Kashmir and the north east is also a reality. Hence, he said, there was a pragmatic need to find a balance to thwart the twin threats of the conventional war with a nuclear backdrop and the counter insurgency situation. Appreciating the role of private sector in defence production, he said cooperation among the industry, defence public sector undertakings and the defence establishment should be enhanced. 'We do appreciate the need for industry and military partnership in the defence sector,' he said. Kapoor said the private sector could play a very important role in design and development of indigenous equipment for the military. The Army Chief said the future paradigm of warfare would have numerous dimensions as environment would be information oriented. 'Situations would call for speedy decision making and integration with other forces would be vital,' he said. 'There will always be pressure to quickly resolve the crisis. There will be need for effective military response,' Gen Kapoor told the conference on ‘future infantry soldier as a system’. Noting the important role of infantry, he said the future warfare and conflicts will pose a large number of challenges and threats to the infantry soldier. 'As the Army equipment and systems are becoming more and more sophisticated and complex, the soldiers’ enhanced intelligence, training skills, flexibility, and adaptability will also increasingly become important,' he said. Kapoor said most armies world-over has recognised this aspect and are on to various soldier modernisation programme. 'Modernisation of our infantry batallion is already underway. Some new generation weapons have been already inducted into the service,' he said. 'The objective is to enhance the capability of the soldier in respect of lethality, survivability situational awareness and command and control,' said. Top Army officials and executives from private industries participated in the conference which was jointly organised by CII and the Defence Ministry.


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