Top Security Brass Reviews Kashmir Situation in Delhi

Amit Shah chairs meet attended by LG, NSA and Army Chief

New Delhi- In the wake of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.

Shah”s meeting with top functionaries of the central government and Jammu and Kashmir administration came two days after the Taliban announced its interim government in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief General M M Naravane, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvinda Kumar, R&AW chief Samant Goel, BSF DG Pankaj Singh and CRPF chief Kuldip Singh attended the meeting.

There have been reports that Pakistan-based militant groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba — both active in Jammu and Kashmir have shifted their bases to Afghanistan with a friendly Taliban regime in place.

The home minister reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and steps being taken to check infiltration from across the border and maintain peace in the union territory, official sources said.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, the new acting interior minister of Afghanistan, is the head of the Haqqani network, which was responsible for attacks on Indian assets, including the Indian embassy in Kabul, in the past.

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen last week had said “As Muslims, we also have a right to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India or any other country”.

A home ministry spokesperson said Shah held the meeting to review the security and development issues of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The home minister appreciated the initiatives on development taken by the LG administration to fulfill the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the spokesperson said.

The meeting is believed to have discussed the political and security implications in the Kashmir valley following the death of hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

The group has already elected Masarat Alam Bhat, currently in jail, as its chairman.

Shah also reviewed various development initiatives being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Rs 80,000 crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, sources said.

Shah had said in the past that all-round development and welfare of the people of the Union Territory are on the top priority list of the Modi government.

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