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Indian forces ready to ‘reclaim’ Azad Kashmir if parliament orders: new army chief

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Saturday said that the armed forces were ready to ‘reclaim’ Azad Kashmir from Pakistan, if the Indian parliament orders them to do so, reported India Today.

“If the [Indian] parliament wants [Azad] Kashmir to be a part of India, then we will take the necessary action to achieve that goal,” the newly appointed Indian army chief told the media.

“There is a parliamentary resolution that entire Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. If the parliament wants it, then, that area [AJK] should also belong to us.”

This is not the first time that the new Indian General has indulged in provocative posturing. In an earlier statement, Gen Naravane had said that India “reserves the right to preemptively strike at sources of terror”.

Furthermore, he said that India “has evolved a strategy of resolute punitive response against sponsored terrorism”.

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