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Narco-terror nexus being pushed from Pakistan side: Army Chief Manoj Pande

General Manoj Pande on Saturday took charge as India's 29th Chief of Army Staff.

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Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande
Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande speaks to the media, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Army Chief General Manoj Pande on Sunday suggested the narco-terror nexus was being pushed by country's western adversary through dropping of drugs and weapons in Jammu and Kashmir and other states but the force was ready to answer these threats in a resolute manner.

In an exclusive interview with ANI today, the Army chief said, "As far as the situation with is concerned, the DGMOs arrived at an understanding a year ago that helped us in improving the situation for the civilian population at the ground level on both sides of the LoC."

"However, I must admit that in terms of reduction in terrorist infrastructure and terrorist training camps, neither is there any evidence nor are there any signs of that happening," Army Chief General Manoj Pande said on issue.

The new chief said, "On the contrary, we find that the number of terrorists operating has increased. Whilst on the LoC, the infiltration and violence levels have gone down, in the hinterland, there is no indication to that effect."

"Significantly, due to the success of our counter infiltration grid, from the other side, there is exploitation of the narco-terror nexus. In this nexus, you see cases of smuggling contraband items and weapons which is happening across the border in both Jammu Kashmir and further south," he said.

The Army chief asserted, "We are clear that if we see any act of terror or any hybrid threat in terms of infiltration, radicalisation through social media, then we are resolute to counter these threats and we are sure that we will succeed."

General Manoj Pande on Saturday took charge as India's 29th Chief of Army Staff.

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First Published: Sun, May 01 2022. 17:22 IST