Troops capable of handling ceasefire violations, says Jaitley

A day before Jaitley’s visit, the Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire in Jammu sector, with some shells landing in civilian areas.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published: June 15, 2014 12:53:55 am
Arun Jaitley with Army chief General Bikram Singh at Badami Bagh Army headquaters in Srinagar on Saturday.(Source: PTI) Arun Jaitley with Army chief General Bikram Singh at Badami Bagh Army headquaters in Srinagar on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Arun Jaitley, who arrived in Srinagar Saturday on his first visit to Kashmir after taking charge as Defence Minister, said Indian troops guarding the Line of Control and other borders are capable of countering ceasefire violations.

Jaitley, along with the Army chief Bikram Singh, is on a two-day visit to Kashmir. Officials said that besides reviewing the situation on the LoC, Jaitley will also visit forward bases on the LoC in North Kashmir on Sunday and is scheduled to interact with troops guarding the region.

Soon after his arrival, Jaitley chaired a high-level meeting of Army officials at 15 Corps headquarters.
The meeting was attended by General Officer Commanding (GOC) in chief Northern Command and GoCs of 14, 15 and 16 Corps.

The commanders briefed Jaitley about recent ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army in Jammu sector. He was also briefed about the situation on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

The minister was also briefed about infiltration and the number of local and foreign militants active in J&K by various formation commanders.

Jaitley also called on governor N N Vora and held a meeting with J&K CM Omar Abdullah, during which matters related to the states’ security and finance were discussed.

A day before Jaitley’s visit, the Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire in Jammu sector, with some shells landing in civilian areas.

On Sunday, Jaitley will co-chair a meeting of the Unified Command Headquarters in Srinagar along with Abdullah. The meeting will be attended by civil, army, police, intelligence and paramilitary officials.

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