If Parliament wants, PoK can belong to India: Army Chief General MM Naravane
New Delhi : Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday said that the Army is ready to take appropriate action in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) if Parliament passes an order to do so.
General Naravane, who on December 31 succeeded General Bipin Rawat as the 28th CoAS, was addressing the annual Army Chief’s Press Conference, ahead of the 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bipin Rawat has taken over the post of India's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on January 1.
"There is a parliamentary resolution that the entire Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. If Parliament wants it, then, that area (PoK) also should belong to us. When we get orders to that effect, we’ll take appropriate action," the Army chief said.
#WATCH Army Chief on if PoK can be part of India as stated by political leadership: There is a parliamentary resolution that entire J&K is part of India.If Parliament wants it,then,PoK also should belong to us. When we get orders to that effect, we'll take appropriate action pic.twitter.com/P8Rbfwpr2x— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2020
Earlier, several leaders of the ruling party have desired to add back Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on the Indian side. Recent days have also seen tough comments made by several ministers of the government over possible military action in the region.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, too, has frequently expressed his apprehensions, saying recently that ‘India could carry out some sort of action‘ in PoK.