South Asia and Beyond

Continuing China Talks But Maintaining Robust LAC Posture: Army Chief

NEW DELHI: Talks with China are continuing at both military and diplomatic levels but we are also maintaining a robust posture along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), says Army Chief General Manoj Pande. In an exclusive interview with StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Gen. Pande also answered questions about the controversy surrounding the civilian deaths in J&K’s Poonch sector. Investigation into the alleged custodial torture and death of three civilians will be done in a “fair, transparent and time-bound manner”, Gen. Pande has assured. Relatives claim that the three men were detained by the Army for questioning in connection with a terrorist attack in which four soldiers were killed last month. Strict action will be taken against anybody found guilty, stepping out of line or whoever hasn’t followed rules of engagement, the Army Chief said. I have told my men to act in a professional manner and make sure to engage with the local community, the General said. Tune in for more.

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