Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday morning reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, especially along the LoC, during a meeting attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, top officials of the home ministry, defence ministry, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies.
Jaishankar’s presence at the meeting assumes significance as the government is set to launch a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan after the Uri attack.
A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is likely to be held on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi visited Srinagar and chaired a security review meeting with top security and intelligence officials.
Mehrishi also met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N N Vohra. “The home secretary had detailed deliberations with the CM over the law and order situation…,” a spokesman said. “The governor and home secretary held extensive discussions about the security situation consequent to the Uri attack and the restoration of normalcy in the state.”
Speaking on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told reporters that any response to the Uri attack would be taken by the government after due consideration. “Action will be taken after due consideration. Action is not taken after making announcements,” he said.
“It is a very serious issue… The matter cannot be handled just like that,” Rijiju added.
Home ministry sources said that Pakistan had decided not to send its intelligence bureau chief to attend the two-day conference of the High-Level Group of Eminent Experts from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, to be held in New Delhi from Thursday.
A home ministry official said the Director General of Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan, Aftab Sultan, will not attend the meeting to strengthen SAARC anti-terror mechanisms.
With inputs from ENS, Srinagar
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