The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat who has been on a visit to Western border has directed the formations to ensure continued state of vigilance and alertness and be prepared to decisively deal with emerging challenges that may develop.
The Army chief visited the Western Command Headquarters to review the operational preparedness along the Western borders.
He was briefed by Western Army Commander, Lieutenant General Surender Singh on the current operational situation, prevailing security environment and preparedness of the formations, especially in Amritsar and Samba Sectors.
The COAS interacted with officers of the Command Headquarters and complimented them for maintaining highest standards of training, operational readiness and exemplary synergy with the Indian Air Force. The Army Chief directed the formations to ensure continued state of vigilance and alertness and be prepared to decisively deal with emerging challenges that may develop.
General Raymond Thomas, the Commander of the US Special Operations Command, met Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday, during which the two officers deliberated on the developing regional security environment and discussed Pakistan's "continued support to terrorism", according to a statement.
Raymond emphasised on the need for furthering military cooperation in the field of technology and military-to-military exchanges between the two countries.
"Both the generals deliberated on the developing regional security environment, issue of global terrorism and Pakistan's continued support to terrorism was also discussed," the statement said.
The visit of the senior US Army officer comes days after the Indian Air Force struck at the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot, deep inside Pakistan, on February 26.
A day later Pakistan also retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations. However, the IAF thwarted the plan.
The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, in which 40 personnel were killed.
The statement further said in the current scenario, the Indian Army remains fully prepared for emerging challenges.
"In the last three weeks, disinformation campaign by the adversary on digital media has increased. All ranks have been well sensitised of these disinformation campaigns and all ranks can see through the lie, deceit, and deception of the terror sponsors," the statement said.
(With PTI inputs)