Army Chief meets Special Forces behind strikes, takes stock of border situation

Meanwhile, firing and mortar shelling by Pakistan continued at some places along the Line of Control.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published:October 2, 2016 4:12 am
indian army, pakistan, line of control, dalbir singh, dalbir singh suhag, indian army news, indian army chief, india surgical strike, pakistan news COAS Dalbir Singh visits Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur on Saturday (Express photo)

Two days after the “surgical strikes” on terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), Army Chief General Dalbir Singh visited the Northern and Western Commands on Saturday to review India’s operational preparedness along the border with Pakistan.

At the Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur, General Singh met the Special Forces personnel who carried out the strikes, and conveyed his appreciation, according to sources.

Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel N N Joshi said the Army Chief was briefed by Lt Gen D S Hooda, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, on the overall security situation.

In Chandigarh, the Army Chief was briefed by GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt Gen Surinder Singh.

General Singh interacted with the corps commanders, senior formation commanders and made a first-hand assessment of the prevailing security situation and operational preparedness.

Meanwhile, firing and mortar shelling by Pakistan continued at some places along the LoC. In Pallanwalla sector of Akhnoor, there has been continuous shelling since Friday morning. There was intense mortar shelling in the area in the early hours of Saturday, forcing nearly 5,000 villagers to move to safer areas.

Sources said the mortar shelling started at around 3 am and continued till 8 am.

However, no loss of life has been reported. According to sources, this was the second ceasefire violation along the LoC in Akhnoor sector in the last 24 hours. Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling at Chapriyal and Samwan on Friday too.

Barring a few people, the villages in Pallanwalla sector and other border areas including Plattan, Thanghar, Milley Di Khui, Shammu, Chapriyal and Battal have all been evacuated.

Ravishan Singh, 52, a shopkeeper at Pallanwalla, said they were asked to vacate the area as the shelling was likely to continue. He said he had already sent his wife to a camp set up by the administration. “I too will be moving to the camp before the sun sets, after leaving sufficient fodder and water for my two buffaloes,” he said.

In view of the current tension, the state government has ordered closure of all educational institutions in border areas, set up relief camps in safer areas, and kept “standby vehicles” to evacuate people.

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    Oct 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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      khan
      Oct 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm
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      Prof.Basu
      Oct 2, 2016 at 12:12 am
      India can not be polarized on religious basis note we are the land of Buddha and hi. This is being attempted from outside our borders to use the Hindus against Muslims and Christians. This will never succeed. All religions have been and will be respected in India.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There can be no doubt that Indians are great fighters yet peaceful. We are the third strongest military nation after Russia and USA, and were forced to act and act we did. We are also ready for any eventuality. While tiny stan is no challenge we have taken into consideration all the backers of stan as well.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi has inherited a formidable military machine and his bureaucracy must use this in a wise manner. We thank the DRDO-USSR-RUSSIA for this. We fully support the government not because we think Modi a great leader but since he is the elected leader of India. Thus 1.3 billion Indians are with the Center when it comes to India's interests. We will also never drop our guard.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind!
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        Prof.Basu
        Oct 2, 2016 at 12:08 am
        India can not polarized on religious basis we are the land of Buddha and hi. This is being attempted from outside our borders to use the Hindus against Muslims and Christians. This will never succeed. All religions have been and will be respected in India.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There can be no doubt that Indians are great fighters yet peaceful. We are the third strongest military nation after Russia and USA, and were forced to act and act we did. We are also ready for any eventuality. While tiny stan is no challenge we have taken into consideration all the backers of stan as well.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi has inherited a formidable military machine and his bureaucracy must use thus in a wise manner. We thank the DRDO-USSR-RUSSIA for this. We fully support the government not because we think Modi a great leader but since he is the elected leader of India. Thus 1.3 billion Indians are with the Center when it comes to India's interests. We will also never drop our guard. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind
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          DD
          Oct 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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            khan
            Oct 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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              khan
              Oct 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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                khan
                Oct 1, 2016 at 5:45 pm
                dheko yar . .tumhara fauji kitna bemar lagta hai bechara . . .CnC to paisey kha giya petrol or diesel key, is becharo ko jaan key lalley paray howan hain
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