'The Current Situation in J&K is at an Important Crossroad and Needs to be Further Consolidated'
Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC
COAS with FORCE editor Pravin Sawhney
COAS with FORCE editor Pravin Sawhney

As you were recently in Ladakh (14 September 2013), how do you assess the ground situation there?
There is peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Patrols from both sides do go up to their perception of the LAC and any issues at the local level are dealt through well established mechanisms and in accordance with the mutually agreed upon drills and procedures. These are guided by the provisions of Border Peace and Tranquility Agreement (1993) and Confidence Building Measures in Military Field (1996).

Should the army’s preparedness be threat based or capability based?
Capability is built to meet envisaged threat and is a continuous process. The Indian Army carries out periodic assessment of threats and the capability required to undertake its mandated charter. The envisaged threat and security challenges presage a threat-cum-capability based force structure for the Indian Army.

Is there a need for the army to seek the end-state from the political leadership regarding its continued involvement in counter-insurgency tasks in Jammu and Kashmir?
In areas declared disturbed, the army on being requisitioned aims at restoring the rule of law and state authority. This is done in concert with other security agencies and in conformity with the conflict management strategy that is evolved under the aegis of the Unified Headquarters, headed by the chief minister. Secure conditions are necessary to allow the state administration to function devoid of interference by the terrorist. Unlike the conventional operations, the use of force is calibrated and regulated to ensure minimum force through a people-friendly stance.
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