Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Chiefs of Army and Navy Staffs and Vice Chief of Air Staff, who came to brief him on the security preparedness of the forces manning the border outposts. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was also present during the briefing.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister is understood to have taken stock of the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border where Pakistan has been regularly shelling military posts as well as civilian areas.
Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is believed to have briefed Modi on the situation and how the forces are handling the Pakistani provocation.
Significantly, the meeting came on a day when one more jawan was killed in Pakistani shelling in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting assumes significance in light of the repeated ceasefire violations committed by Pakistani troops. Close to ten jawans were killed in unprovoked firing and heavy mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers. Civilian casualties were also high in villages bordering Line of Control.
Ever since the Indian Army ventured 2 kilometers deep into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to neutralise terrorist launch pads, Pakistan has been targeting security outposts along LoC. The Army has so far has given a befitting reply to the ceasefire violations, destroying several outposts and killing Pakistani troops. In the weeks following the surgical strikes, Paksitan has committed upto 120 ceasefire violations. Villages adjoining the Pakistan border — in Punjab and Jammu-Kashmir — have been evacuated to minimise civilian casualties and schools shut down.
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