Army Chief in Kashmir Amid Growing India-Pak Tension Along LoC

Srinagar: Army chief General M M Naravane reviewed the security situation in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday, a defence spokesperson said here.

The Army chief is on a two-day visit to the Valley, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, adding that he was accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Y K Joshi and Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen B S Raju during his visit to the formations and units in the hinterland.

“The Chief of Army staff was briefed by the Chinar Corps Commander at Badami Bagh Cantonment on the overall situation pertaining to the Line of Control and the hinterland,” he said.

Gen Naravane applauded the jawans for their morale and motivation, Kalia added.

The Army chief reiterated the need to be prepared to meet the emerging security challenges effectively at all times, he said.

General Naravane lauded the close coordination among all government agencies towards maintaining vigil and peace in the Valley and reaching out to the people to combat the spread of COVID-19 together, the official said.

Later in the day, he visited the 92 Base Hospital, where he appreciated the excellent work and vital critical care being provided by the doctors and the support staff there.

The Army Chief commended them for being the lifeline of the Valley. He also met members of the civil society later in the evening, Kalia added.

Indo, Pak Troops Trade Fire Along LoC

Meanwhile reports said on Thursday that Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu province.

“At about 0945 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Qasba and Kirni sectors of Poonch by firing with small arms,” defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said.

He said Pakistani troops also violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Nowshera sector in Rajouri district at around 11.45 am by firing small arms and mortars.

The Indian Army was retaliating befittingly to the Pakistani aggression in all these sectors, Lt Col Anand added.

Pakistan army’s targetting of hamlets in Nowshera, Qasba and Kirni sectors has triggered fear among the people.

The residents living in villages near the Indo-Pak border in Rajouri, Poonch, and Kupwara are reeling under fear ever since the three civilians were killed in cross-LoC shelling last week.

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