New Delhi: Chief of Air staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha today said Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Pok) was still “a thorn in our flesh”. The strong comments from the IAF Chief came at a function here, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the PoK an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir with illegal occupation of India’s territory by Pakistan remaining the major issue to be resolved.
Speaking at industry seminar Mr Raha also hinted at a big push to ‘Make in India’ in the modernisation of IAF.
Talking about the future plans of pilot’s training, the Air Chief said the HAL made basic trainers HTT 40 will soon be inducted into the IAF. Further, he said the IAF was looking forward to manufacture a fighter aircraft under ‘Make in India’, which will be a big boost to domestic industry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, had advocated for freedom of PoK and Balochistan, which unnerved Islamabad.
Pakistan Army had launched Operation Gulmarg in early October 1947 using tribals to annex J&K. On October 22, 1947, about 5,000 tribals, supported by Pakistan Army, invaded the Kashmir Valley from Abbottabad. Maharaja Hari Singh, the then ruler of the state, signed the Instrument of Accession on October 26, 1947, thus making Jammu and Kashmir an integral part of India and Indian Army was thereafter ordered to evict the invaders.