The Army on Monday appointed Lieutenant General AK Bhatt as new Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) while promoted Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh to General Officer Commanding of Strike 1 Corps. It was Ranbir Singh who addressed the media following surgical strikes carried out by Army. Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved appointments. Earlier this year, The Army has de-classified the promotion board results for the rank of Lt General and a major chunk of the vacancies for this particular batch have gone to officers belonging to the Gorkha Rifles and AK Bhatt was one of them. The news comes days after Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who has extensive experience of handling affairs in PoK and the northern areas, was appointed as Pakistan’s new army chief to succeed Gen Raheel Sharif. “We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of our choosing,” Lt General Singh had said in a statement which suggests that the Indian response to Pakistan will not be knee-jerk. Bhatt, a Gorkha officer, replaces Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who has been appointed as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Mathura-based Strike 1 Corps — one of the three assault forces of the army — which is mandated to cross into Pakistan in a short notice. Bhatt is at present posted in the Army Headquarters as the Additional Director General of CAB (Complaint and Advisory Board). Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan, who headed the Strike 1 Corps, has been appointed as the new chief of the Assam Rifles.
In the aftermath of Indian army’s “punitive fire assaults”, DGMOs of India and Pakistan spoke on Wednesday at the latter’s request for an “unscheduled hotline interaction” during which the “unethical” act of mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers by “terrorists” was raised