Defence Minister reviews security situation in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 2: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday met Governor Satya Pal Malik and discussed over all internal and external security situation in J&K in view of increasing attempts at infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) and the ongoing anti-militant operations.
A Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Raj Bhavan said Sitharaman, accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff held discussions with the Governor at the Raj Bhavan here today.
“She was received by the Governor on her arrival at the Raj Bhavan,” he said, adding the Defence Minister extended warm greetings to Malik on his appointment as the Governor of J&K.
The Governor and Sitharaman discussed several important inter-related issues concerning effective management of internal and external security, particularly in the context of increasing attempts at infiltration and the ongoing anti-militant operations. “Malik and the Defence Minister had detailed discussions about the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Panchayat elections which will be conducted in the months of October – December this year, crucial need for strengthening and the maintenance of vital road networks and strategic connectivities in J&K, particularly in the Ladakh region,” he said.
The Governor also lauded the Northern Army’s working in total coordination with the Civil Administration, State Police and Central Armed Forces for ensuring safety and security of the people.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister visited forward posts in the frontier district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, and interacted with the troops deployed along the border.
She was accompanied by the Army chief General Bipin Rawat, and was received by Lieutenant General, Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander and Lieutenant General, A.K. Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in a statement.
“She was briefed by the commanders on ground as regards the operational preparedness and counter infiltration grid.
During her interaction with the troops, she lauded their round-the-clock sharp vigil along the Line of Control (LoC), high morale and professionalism.
“She also exhorted them to remain alert for any eventuality to defeat nefarious designs of hostile forces,” the statement said.