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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits forward post at LoC, reviews security situation

Nirmala Sitharaman was received by Northern Army Commander and the Chinar Corps Commander at the Old Airfield. She is also expected to visit Siachen on September 30.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2017 6:36 pm
nirmala sitharaman, Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmala Sitharaman J&K, Sitharaman Siachen, Sitharaman J&K visit Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives in Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the security situation in the state. (Express Photo/SHUAIB MASOODI)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for a two-day visit to take stock of the security situation and review preparedness of soldiers at the border. Sitharaman was received by Northern Army Commander and the Chinar Corps Commander at the Old Airfield. She is also expected to visit Siachen on September 30. Later in the day, she visited a forward post on the Line of Control in Kashmir. During her visit, she is expected to meet senior commanders as well. This will be Nirmala Sitharaman’s first visit to the state after she assumed office as the Defence Minister earlier this month. Sitharaman’s visit to the state comes days after Union Minister Jitender Singh said there is need to “change the discourse” around Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh had said that the only issue was “retrieving” the part which is under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. “There is need to change the discourse (on J&K) for future generations. We have to change the agenda.There is no such issue as Kashmir issue. It is as much a part of India as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or any other state,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. “The only issue if at all is how to retrieve a part of Kashmir which is under the illegal occupation of Pakistan for the past 70 years and restore the Valley in the same format as was handed over by Maharaja Hari Singh,” Singh added.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits one of the forward posts on the LoC in Kashmir. (Source: ANI)

Sitharaman recently held wide-ranging talks with US Defence Secretary James Mattis on cross-border terrorism and dismantling of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan. Mattis was in India two days back. Sitharaman and Mattis held comprehensive talks covering the entire gamut of the bilateral defence partnership. “The situation in our neighbourhood and the growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in depth. There is growing convergence in the approaches of both our countries on this issue,” Sitharaman had said in the joint press conference.

The defence minister also said both sides recognise the importance of holding those who use terrorism as an instrument of state policy to account and to dismantle the infrastructure that supports terrorism. Mattis, on his part, said there can be “no tolerance to terrorism safe havens”.

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  1. John Alexander
    Sep 30, 2017 at 2:15 am
    I am sure jawans were not amused when she wanted them to dispose off the garbage left over by the tourists. I guess she is a stickler for keeping her kitchen platform and span. God bless India.
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      Domestic Help
      Sep 30, 2017 at 12:35 am
      I would not employ this lady Nirmala Sitharaman as my domestic help because she is not even worth that. Feku has made her defense minister. It shows BJPs bankrupcy of talent.
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        Y.Madhavi
        Sep 30, 2017 at 12:27 am
        Bravo Mrs Seetharaman
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          Raman
          Sep 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm
          It is my view that by choosing this lady as Defense Chief, India made mistake. I am not against ladies, but she could have been replacement in other ministries. A defense chief need to extol the virtues and look majestic that draws respect and fear. She looks like any another lady "ready to wash utensils" in cheap run down colored saris and I am sorry for my comments. Let us get another person and sorry, male preferred.
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          1. Rohit Pawar
            Sep 29, 2017 at 10:19 pm
            Agree, After making food of restorants costly she asked people to eat at home. It means she is good only at cooking and such kind of m o r o n s are posted at important posts in government. Another troll lady was education minister.
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              Joseph Mumbai
              Sep 30, 2017 at 3:44 am
              You are living in stone age. A feudal mindset. Get cured.
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              Jameel
              Sep 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm
              Irony that after 70 years you are not able to hold peace in your part of Kashmir and now dreaming to get Pakistan's Kashmir.
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                Sumesh
                Sep 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm
                Coming from a porki where whole country has gone to dogs and identified as terror hub, this seems a joke.
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                  Nathoo phakoo
                  Sep 29, 2017 at 10:43 pm
                  Chale Rundistani teri yeh aunti kitchen mein achi lage g. kia border pe nachane bhejo g isse?
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