"Major military threat" from China

New Delhi: Citing a "major military threat" from China, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday asked the Centre to set up a Himalayan Regiment in the army which should be capable of fighting in difficult hilly trains.

Speaking at the National Development Council (NDC) meeting here, Dhumal said "India faces a major military threat from neighbouring China and the Indian Army should be made fully capable of fighting in the tough terrain hilly regions.

"And with this objective a separate army regiment drawn from youths of hilly areas should be set up in the army so as its soldiers are well conversant with tough geography and topography of the region and are also prepared mentally and physically to encounter the enemy in this region", Dhumal said.

He requested the central government to make suitable provision for setting up the Himlayan Regiment in the 12th Plan.