The Ministry of Defense has mentioned this in the year-end review. Referring to the situation along the LoC (with Pakistan), the ministry said the situation has been relatively peaceful with a ceasefire agreed upon between both the Indian and Pakistani armies since February last year. The ministry said, “As compared to 4645 incidents of ceasefire violations in 2020, only three minor incidents have been recorded since the agreement reached in February 2021, and only one incident took place in 2022.”
Pakistan continues to take advantage of the ‘Narco-terror’ nexus
The ministry has said that Pakistan has maintained a ‘proxy war structure’ and the activation of terrorist training camps, presence of terrorists in terror hideouts and frequent infiltration attempts prove that country’s ‘intent’. The ministry said that Pakistan continues to take advantage of the ‘narco-terror’ nexus and encourage innocent youth to target vulnerable civilians by placing weapons and grenades in their hands.
Army has maintained high training standards
In its brief on the Army, the ministry said it is primarily focused on maintaining its operational preparedness in line with India’s desire to ensure ‘stability and dominance at the LAC, LoC’. The ministry has said that the army has continuously carried out counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations and has maintained high training standards while continuously monitoring and reviewing emerging and future threats to national security.
Concern was expressed on the challenges facing China-Pakistan
The ministry said, “Indian Army remains prepared to deal with all kinds of military situations arising out of military modernization and the threat of alliances of aggressive actions by the country’s adversaries while blurring of physical boundaries in the cyber, space, and information fields.” India has built capabilities to deal with emerging threats.’ Concerns have been expressed in the military establishment over the potential challenges posed by the ‘threat of collusion’ from China and Pakistan.
IBG-Model for military
On reforms in the Army, the ministry said that all formations of the Indian Army will be modeled on the Integrated Battle Group (IBG) model in a phased manner to transform the force into an agile force. The ministry has said, ‘The IBG model is progressing well and phase one is nearing completion.’ Under the IBG initiative, the Army aims to integrate various components of the force into the new formation which includes artillery guns, Tanks, air defense and logistics elements will be involved.
Indian and Chinese soldiers clash in Tawang on 9 December
Regarding the situation on the border with China, the ministry said that on December 9, Chinese PLA troops tried to cross the LAC in the Yangtse area of the Tawang sector and change the status quo. Referring to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in Parliament on the incident, it has been said that he informed that Indian troops responded to the Chinese attempt in a ‘firm and firm manner’. Referring to the eastern Ladakh dispute, the ministry said talks are being scheduled for the meeting to ease tensions at the remaining standoff sites in the region.