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Air Chief sounds caution on Afghan scenario

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  1. tunguska

    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne on Saturday said religious fundamentalist groups operating in Afghanistan may shift close to the Indian border with Pakistan, at Wagah, if the situation deteriorated after withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the U.S. forces from the region.

    “In case, the situation deteriorates in the Afghanistan region, especially after the ISAF and American forces withdraw, our fear is that we may have them [religious fundamentalist groups] very close to the Wagah border to deal with.â€

    Mr. Browne was delivering the Sixth Air Chief Marshal L.M. Katre Memorial Lecture organised by the Air Force Association, Karnataka branch here. While stating that ‘systematic Talibanisation of Pakistan is a matter of concern for India,†he pointed to the statement of Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, who had recently said at Peshawar that “it is Kabul now that we are dealing with and the moment that [Kabul issue] is resolved, the next is Kashmir.â€

    As the ISAF and the U.S. forces are proposing to withdraw from Afghanistan during 2013-14, Mr. Browne said this period could actually be a watershed as far as the country's security on the Western border was concerned.

    Describing unresolved differences over international borders with Pakistan and China as foremost security concerns, the Chief of Air Staff said the border rows were left unresolved, perhaps intentionally. “China wants this to be resolved according to its belief and not necessarily ours,†he added.

    Analysing the situation faced by India, which has two important neighbours (Pakistan and China) with whom the country has conflict, Mr. Browne said these two countries had mutual cooperation in the areas of conventional as well as modern nuclear, missile, aircraft and weaponry system technology and development. “I cannot think of any model in the world where you are dealing with this kind of a situation,†he added.

    Pointing out that the IAF is enhancing its strength, Mr. Browne said the IAF would like to have 42 squadrons by 2022 from the present 34 squadrons by acquiring various aircraft, including the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMCRA), and the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft. The IAF is much ahead in utilising funds for modernisation in comparison to the other defence services — the Army and the Navy.

    On enhancing the training facilities, he said the IAF would like to induct 750 cadets a year from the present 450 to meet the growing needs of the force and also improve the training infrastructure. The stage two training facilities at Hakimpet in Andhra Pradesh would be shifted to the new training facilities at Deesa in Gujarat shortly.

    Referring to the anti-Naxal operation, he said the IAF had enhanced its involvement in the operation as it had now deployed six helicopters for this purpose as against the two made available earlier.


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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Already posted it brother
     
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    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    thanks. I would request moderator to merge this thread.
     
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