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Indian Army prepared to face all challenges to national security

Indian Army prepared to face all challenges to national security New Delhi, Jan. 15 : Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, on Tuesday said the Indian Army is ready to face all challenges to maintain the country''s unity and internal security.

"Our country has been continuously facing both internal as well as external challenges and I would like to assure my country, that the Indian Army is ready to face all the challenges to maintain the country''s unity, internal security and upholding the principles of safety," said General Singh, while speaking on the 65th Army Day here.

General Singh said there was a need to modernise the Indian Army.

"We have upheld the standards of the operation preparedness of the Army. We have stressed on some important infrastructural projects that will improve connectivity in northern regions including Ladakh and will also prove beneficial to the civilians. We have also stressed on the need to modernise the Army," he said.

General Singh further said that the soldiers of the Indian Army are ready to make any kind of sacrifice for the country.

"I want to assure the country that we are ready to face all kinds of challenges and we are ready to make any kind of sacrifice for the country," he said.

Talking tough over the killing of two Indian jawans by the Pakistan in Mendhar area of Jammu and Kashmir, General Singh had yesterday warned Pakistan that India reserves the right to retaliate at the time and place of its choosing.

The Army Chief yesterday said Pakistan had pre-planned the whole operation, and added that the beheading and the mutilation of the bodies of two Indian jawans along the LoC was against all rules of engagement, gruesome and unpardonable.

Conveying his condolences to the families of the two Indian jawans killed by Pakistani troops, General Singh said Pakistani action is against the ethics and principle of soldiering.

Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were killed by infiltrating Pakistani soldiers in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8.

Their bodies were found mutilated, sparking a diplomatic face-off between India and Pakistan and tension along the Line of Control that separates the two countries.

Pakistan has denied India''s claim that its troops crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district. (ANI)