New Delhi, 17 June: The Defence Minister’s statement has come in the backdrop of China’s continuing hold on to positions in Hot Springs and Gogra Post
Dedicating 12 roads developed by BRO in the country’s North-East region, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said though India is a peace loving country, it has a capacity to reply to any aggression.
“We seek world peace. But if someone shows us an aggressive attitude, we will respond,” the Defence Minister said, adding the “new roads will help secure international borders.”
Rajnath Singh’s statement comes in the backdrop of China continuing to hold on to positions in Hot Springs and Gogra Post on the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Several rounds of military and diplomatic level talks have taken place between the two countries since last year.
Both sides have disengaged from the North and the South Pangong Tso, but China has refused to move out of the rest of the friction points. The Defence Minister offered his tribute to 20 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the violent physical scuffle with Chinese army personnel on June 15, 2020.
“Last year in the Galwan Valley, our soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in line of duty. I salute all brave soldiers who laid down their lives fighting for the nation,” the Defence Minister said.
As regards, BRO developed 12 roads, he said these roads will not only give a boost to connectivity but would facilitate faster movement of troops along the international border. Of 12 strategic roads, 10 have been built in Arunachal Pradesh, one each in Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.