Speaking to reporters at an event here to mark the 75th anniversary of the landing of Indian troops at Budgam, the commander-in-chief air officer (AOC-in-C) of Western Air Command, Marshal of the air Amit Dev, also said that the people of PoK are not treated very fairly by the Pakistanis.
“… All the activities carried out by the Indian Air Force and Air Force (October 27, 1947) ensured the freedom of this part of Kashmir. I am sure that one day Pakistan occupied Kashmir will also join this part of Kashmir and we will have all of Kashmir in the years to come, ”he said.
However, when asked if the force has any plans to capture the PoK, Air Marshal Dev said there are no plans at this time.
“(The whole of) Kashmir is one, a nation is one. People on both sides have common attachments. Today or tomorrow, history is witness, that the nations come together. We don’t have a plan at the moment, but, God willing, it will still be there because the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are not being treated very fairly by the Pakistanis, ”he said. declared.
Indian troops landed in Kashmir on October 27, 1947, a day after then Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession with India following Pakistani tribal raids.
Western Air Command’s AOC-in-C said the IAF faces many challenges, but the core challenge is technology.
“The pace of technological change is so rapid in the world today that we have to keep pace. If a nation that is to grow economically is to have a strong army, we must fulfill our obligation to the nation in the years to come … and we are always up to the challenge, ”he said.
The IAF has become a very capable force and in the years to come, “‘we will continue to serve the nation with honor,” he added.
When asked about the drone attacks, Air Marshal Dev said they could only inflict minimal damage.
“We had equipment against him (drone attacks) ready, and he was also deployed here. We are now increasing deployment through new purchases. The drone challenge is a small challenge and we will be able to meet that challenge as it arrives, ”he said.
He said the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Budgam landing was a historic occasion.
“After signing the Instrument of Accession, we moved our troops quickly and Srinagar Airfield was saved.
“I’m sure if the UN hadn’t intervened, maybe all of Kashmir would have been ours,” he said.
He said the IAF and the military carried out many other small missions, including operations in Poonch after the laying of an airstrip in the span of seven days, attacks at Srinagar airfield. , in Skardu on an ammunition depot and in Leh.
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