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NEW DELHI(ANI): Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Wednesday said that there was ‘no issue of coordination’ during the operation to neutralise terrorists who attacked the Pathankot air base on January 2.
“I can assure that there was no issue of coordination between the forces at Pathankot,” General Suhag said according to ANI.
Allegations have been made that there was a lack of inter-agency cooperation and coordination. However, Suhag denied these claims. He also stressed that the three days taken by Indian forces to kill all terrorists and sanitise the base was not ‘unusual’.
“There were two soldiers in the building where two terrorists were holed up. We had to first pull them out and then launch the offensive for the terrorists. It was not an easy operation and we took our time to reduce or minimise the casualties,” Suhag said.
“The time taken to complete the operations should be left to the commander on the ground,” he added.
The government has come under criticism with claims that a series of security lapses allowed the terrorists to enter the heavily-fortified base. India’s Russian-made fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets and Mi-35 attack helicopters usually take off from this base.
“NSG is the best force to deal with a hostage situation, was a good decision,” Suhag said defending NSG. “We have recovered weapons with markings from Pakistan. NIA is still investigating, they will inform us further,” added Suhag.
There were also questions on why commandos of the elite National Security Guard or NSG were summoned to lead the operations instead of the army.
“In our efforts to fastrack technological progress, a new Army design bureau is being set up. Large number of measures have been taken to expedite induction of modern military equipment”, the army chief said about modernisation of the army.