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Parliamentary Defense Panel Decides to Visit Galwan Valley, Pangong, East Ladakh | India News


NEW DELHI: The permanent parliamentary defense committee decided to visit the Galwan Valley and Lake Pangong in eastern Ladakh region, which has witnessed a violent clash between troops from India and China, sources said on Friday.
The 30-member committee, chaired by BJP leader and former Union Minister Jual Oram and of which Rahul Gandhi is also a member, wants to visit eastern Ladakh in the last week of May or June.
The decision to visit these areas was made at the last panel meeting that Rahul Gandhi did not attend, the sources said, adding that since the panel intends to visit LAC, it depends on government approval.
After a nine-month confrontation, the two armies reached an agreement on the withdrawal on the north and south shores of Pangong Lake that obliges both sides to suspend the deployment of troops in a “staggered, coordinated and verifiable” manner.
On Thursday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh made a detailed statement in Parliament on the separation pact.
Under the agreement, China has to withdraw its troops to the east of the Finger 8 areas on the north bank, while Indian personnel will be based at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3 in the region.
Similar actions will also take place on the southern shore of the lake, Singh said in Parliament.
India has not “ceded” any territory to China by signing an agreement on the disengagement process at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, and other outstanding “issues” such as Depsang, Hot Springs and Gogra will be addressed in upcoming talks. between military. commanders of the two countries, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.
The ministry’s statement came hours after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that the government “ceded” Indian territory to China and raised doubts about the deal on the separation process.
The ministry also called the claim that Indian territory is up to finger 4 in the Pangong Tso area “categorically false”, adding that the permanent posts on both sides in the area are “old and well established”.
“India has not ceded any territory as a result of this agreement. On the contrary, it has enforced observance and respect for LAC and has avoided any unilateral change in the status quo,” the ministry said in the strong statement.
The MEA also said the two countries agreed to convene the 10th round of senior commanders meeting within 48 hours of the complete disconnect in the Pangong Lake area to address the remaining issues, adding that a date has not been set for the working mechanism for consultation and coordination. (WMCC) on border issues between India and China.
The agreement on the disengagement on the north and south shores of Pangong Lake obliges the Chinese and Indian sides to “cease” the advanced deployment of troops in a “staggered, coordinated and verifiable” manner.

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