Summer Will Prove Real Test For Forces In JK: Antony

Summer Will Prove Real Test For Forces In JK: Antony

24 April 2012
Rising Kashmir


New Delhi: Stating that the strategic and security implications from Af-Pak region and China's strategic rivalry and domestic and trans-national terrorism were posing challenges to the country, Defence Minister A K Antony Tuesday said summer months will prove real test for forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the top commanders of all the three services, Antony asked them to put in place Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to counter cyber security threats. Asking the commanders to keep a close watch on the situation in Afghanistan-Pakistan region, he said, 'Any development in the Af-Pak region will have strategic and security implications for India. We need to keep a close watch on the situation in the region'. He said the latest events in the Af-Pak region clearly show that it cannot be presumed that the issues there are nearing any solution. Stating that China's rise as an economic and military power and its assertive policies, have implications for India, Antony said, 'China's strategic rivalry with India and Japan would definitely affect the Asian security environment'. 'All these developments pose challenges to all the wings of the defence forces. In the Indian context, these challenges cannot be felt in the same measures by other countries', he said. The defence minister noted that security situation in North East and Jammu and Kashmir has improved to some extent. He, however, cautioned the forces that the coming months of summer will prove to be a real test for them in Jammu and Kashmir and North East. 'We have to remain vigilant and active and cannot afford to drop our guard,' he added.