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Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:24
DM Warns No Force On Earth Could Stop the Indian Army from Patrolling Ladakh Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh cautioned that "no force on Earth could stop Indian forces from patrolling the country's border", adding that soldiers had sacrificed their lives (in Ladakh) to "maintain the sanctity of our border".

Singh was responding to the lawmakers of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's Parliament, on a brief discussion on the faceoff with China in Eastern Ladakh since June, Sputnik reported.

In his statement earlier, Rajnath Singh said that New Delhi has conveyed to Beijing that any attempt to “unilaterally alter the status quo was unacceptable”.

The minister maintained India wants to resolve the current situation through dialogue and had diplomatic and military engagements with China, but they again resorted to provocative military manoeuvres overnight on August 29-30 in an attempt to change the status quo on the South Bank area of Pangong Lake.

“While no one should doubt our determination to safeguard our borders, India believes that mutual respect and mutual sensitivity are the basis for peaceful relations with neighbours,” asserted Rajnath Singh.

The chairman of the Rajya Sabha and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu asked the government to take leaders of all political parties into confidence on the issue of the border standoff with China.

The statement comes against the backdrop of the reports that China has intruded about 8 km on the North bank of Pangong Lake and Indian troops have been restricted from patrolling beyond Finger 4 since April. Traditionally, India used to patrol up to Finger 8 where it claims the LAC is. However, China lays claim up to Finger 4.

The spurs of the mountain range on the Northern bank of Pangong Lake jut out towards the lake like a palm, with the protrusions looking like fingers. They are demarcated on the maps as 'Fingers'.

Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony wanted India should take action to restore the status quo in Ladakh as it existed before the faceoff.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that the People's Liberation Army's frontline troops have been observing the agreements reached between the two sides on September 11.

"It is imperative for India to immediately correct its mistakes, realise disengagement on the ground and take concrete action to ease up tensions in the relevant areas," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Nuclear-powered India and China share a 3,500-kilometre (2,175-mile) border, known as the LAC. It stretches from the Ladakh region in the North to the Indian state of Sikkim. In Eastern Ladakh, it passes through a lake in the Pangong Lake area.

India controls the Western portion of the 45-km long lake, while the rest (about 119-km) is under Chinese control. Most of the clashes between the two countries have taken place in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh.

 

 

 

 

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