Indian Air Force Chief doesn't rule out cross border strike in Kashmir

Indian Air Force Chief doesn't rule out cross border strike in Kashmir

NEW DELHI - The Indian Air Force Chief has not ruled out possibility of strike across Line of Control.

IAF is "very much alive" to emerging threats that could arise in the Indo Pacific region, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said Sunday, and asserted that his force was prepared to deal with any challenge to protect India's national interests.

He also said there is cause for concern over the rate of modernisation and induction of new equipment in India's neighbourhood, even as India faces challenges emanating from "unresolved territorial disputes" and "sponsored" non-state and transnational actors. But the IAF is capable of, and is moving ahead, for countering them effectively, he told PTI in an interview.

Asked whether the IAF can play a role in smashing terrorist training camps across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, he did not rule out such a possibility.

"The IAF is well equipped to take on threats which occur from across the border, be it in the realm of sub conventional or other domains," the Air Chief Marshal said.

Referring to India's immediate security challenges, without naming China and Pakistan, he said, "The current challenges emanate from unresolved territorial issues, sponsored non-state actors and transnational actors who act against national interests through the global commons." "The IAF is prepared 24x7 for any threat and is ready for a befitting response to any contingency with all our available assets," he told PTI.