New Delhi: Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday hailed the Centre's decision to strip Kashmir of its special status by revoking the Article 370. 

Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has said “abrogation of Article 370 is a historic step”.

Repealing of special powers for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 is a “landmark” step and has disrupted the proxy war by our western neighbour, Army Chief Gen Manoj Naravane said on Wednesday.

“Abrogation of Article 370 will help Jammu and Kashmir integrate with the mainstream. Repealing of special powers under Article 370 is a landmark step. This is a major step in integrating Jammu and Kashmir into the rest of the country,” Gen Naravane said addressing the force on the 72nd Army Day parade at Cariappa parade ground.

The Army chief said, “India has zero tolerance for terrorism. The borders are strongly guarded and India is ready for any future warfare… There are many options to respond to terrorists and the Army will not hesitate to use them.”

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The Army displayed some of the latest acquisitions — K-9 Vajra and Dhanush artillery guns — at the event. In a first for any woman officer, Captain Tania Sher Gill of Indian Army Corps of Signals led an all-men contingent at the Army Day parade. CDS Bipin Rawat, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh were also present at the event.

In August, the BJP-led central government announced its controversial decision to withdraw Article 370 and divide the northern state into two Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. The bifurcation took place in October under heavy security cover.