Army Chief Reviews Security Situation In Kashmir

Srinagar: Indian army chief General MM Naravane on Thursday reviewed security situation in Kashmir on the first day of his two-day visit to the Valley.

The Army Chief arrived in Valley on Thursday and proceeded to undertake a firsthand assessment of the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, an army spokesperson said. During his interaction with the soldiers deployed in high altitude areas, Naravane appreciated their high morale and complimented them on their response to Pakistan ceasefire violations.

“He also commended use of technology to ensure effective day and night surveillance across the LC which has resulted in many successful operations to foil infiltration bids from PcK in the recent past,” the army spokesperson said.

The Army Chief, he said, reinforced the need to extend all possible support to civilians residing in the border areas, who are victims of targeted ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army and are facing hardships due to the pandemic.

“The COAS then proceeded to interact with commanders and troops deployed in the hinterland. While interacting with jawans, the COAS highlighted that it was the dawn of a new era of development, peace and prosperity in Kashmir and applauded them for their high level of morale and contribution to peace building in J&K,” the army spokesperson said.

“He appreciated the high level of coordination amongst all government agencies towards maintaining peace in the valley and efforts to reach out to the “Awam” to overcome the challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

The army spokesperson further said that later in the day, the Army Chief reviewed the overall security situation along with the Northern Army Commander and Chinar Corps Commander.

“The COAS also called on Manoj Sinha, Lt Governor of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir where he discussed issues concerning the present security situation in the Union Territory and assured the wholehearted support of the Army in ushering in peace and stability in the region,” the army spokesperson said.

Naravane, he said, is scheduled to return to New Delhi on Friday.

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