Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 28 January 2020
Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Satinder Kumar Saini said that the arrest of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader Mazoor Pashteen is an internal matter of Pakistan. He was responding to National Defence question on the arrest of Mazoor Pashteen on the sidelines of guard of honour, which he inspected after taking over as Indian Army Vice Chief.
Gen Saini said modernisation of Army is his foremost priority besides removing hollowness in terms of making up critical deficiencies of equipment, ammunition etc; capability development along the northern borders with respect to creation of new structure like CDS and DMA; aligning of Army’s functioning to contribute further to jointness of the three services are amongst his priorities.
Lt Gen Saini also said that situation both at LOC and hinterland is well under control. The launchpads have been reoccupied, the terrorist camps are active, the ceasefire violation during last year has gone up so therefore we are geared up to meet any challenges which come up at line of control.
Lt Gen Satinder Kumar Saini on assuming the charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff paid tributes at the National War Memorial on 28 Jan 2020. Before assuming the appointment of Vice Chief of the Army Staff, the General Officer was heading the Southern Command of the Indian Army.
Lt Gen Satinder Kumar Saini is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into the 7th Battalion, The JAT Regiment in June 1981. He brings with him an enormous amount of experience in serving in the most challenging areas. In his last appointment as GOC-in-C, Southern Command, he steered transformation of the Operational Philosophy of the Southern Army to overwhelm the emerging threats and validation of many new concepts during training exercises.
The General Officer is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff Course at the Staff College, Camberley in UK and has studied at the Royal College of Military Science, Shrivenham, UK. He is also a graduate of the Higher Command Course and the National Defence College, Bangladesh. He has also served as the Deputy Chief Military Personnel Officer in the UN Mission in Iraq-Kuwait, attended an exercise on peacekeeping conducted by the Global Peace Operations Initiative in Mongolia and a counter terrorism exercise in Australia.
The General is a highly decorated and accomplished Officer who has been awarded a number of awards, both for gallantry and distinguished service, including the “Chief of Army Staff Commendation”, the “Army Commander Commendation”, “Yudh Seva Medal”, “Vishisht Seva Medal”, “Ati Vishisht Seva Medal” and “Param Vishisht Seva Medal.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.