Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NEWS -

De­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man in­spects mil­i­tary equip­ment dur­ing a visit to a for­ward area post in Jammu and Kash­mir on Fri­day.

SRINAGAR De­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man be­gan her maiden Jammu and Kash­mir visit on Fri­day and re­viewed the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir with a fo­cus on as­cer­tain­ing force’s pre­pared­ness in tack­ling mil­i­tancy in the re­gion.

Later in the evening, she met chief min­siter Mehbooba Mufti and also called upon gover­nor NN Vohra.

North­ern Army com­man­der Lt Gen­eral D Anbu and Chi­nar Corps com­man­der Lt Gen­eral JS Sandhu re­ceived the min­is­ter at the Old Air­field in Srinagar upon her ar­rival.

The min­is­ter vis­ited the strate­gi­cally-im­por­tant Chi­nar Corps to over­see the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the Val­ley, an army spokesper­son said.

“She vis­ited the for­ward ar­eas and was briefed about the ro­bust counter in­fil­tra­tion pos­ture along the Line of Con­trol,” the spokesper­son added.

The min­is­ter’s visit to strife­torn Val­ley comes against the back­drop of se­cu­rity forces up­ping the ante against mil­i­tancy in the re­gion.

Kash­mir wit­nessed an in­crease in anti-in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions af­ter a rise in mil­i­tant at­tacks fol­low­ing the killing of Hizbul Mu­jahideen com­man­der Burhan Wani in July last year

More than 140 mil­i­tants have re­port­edly been killed in the val­ley this year af­ter se­cu­rity forces drew up a hit-list of top mil­i­tant com­man­ders.

“She ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­fec­tive­ness of the in­tel­li­gence and op­er­a­tional grids and com­mended the troops for the ex­cel­lent op­er­a­tional suc­cesses.

The de­fence min­is­ter com­pli­mented the com­man­ders for the high level of syn­ergy achieved with the J&K po­lice and cen­tral armed po­lice force,” the army spokesman said.

Sithara­man will spend the night in Srinagar and will fly to Thoise (Si­achen) on Satur­day.


The BSF held a sec­tor com­man­der level flag meet­ing with Pak­istan Rangers, dur­ing which neigh­bour­ing coun­try’s force as­sured that it would hold the sanc­tity of the 2003 cease­fire pact and the Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) said that it won’t fire first but added that it re­serves the right to hit back, if pro­voked, an IB of­fi­cial said.


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