Updated: June 17, 2022 2:36:08 am
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday visited the forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir, where he is on a two-day visit. Singh took a stock of the security situation in the Union Territory and “undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation in the formations looking after Line of Control (LoC) and forward areas in North Kashmir,” the defence ministry said.
Singh said that India’s western neighbour, Pakistan, “has always resorted to anti-India activities” and that Jammu and Kashmir had “also witnessed terror activities in the past”.
“Due to the relentless efforts of the personnel” of the armed and security forces, he said, “there has been a significant decline in the number of terror activities in the state recently”. Though “Pakistan continuously tries to disturb peace in the country through its approach of bleeding India with a thousand cuts,” he said, India’s “security forces are such a protective shield for this country that whoever tries to break it bleeds himself”.
“India has never tried to hurt any country in any way, nor have we tried to capture even an inch of anyone’s land,” the defence minister said. “If an attempt is ever made to hurt the unity and integrity of the nation, the armed forces will give a befitting reply,” he added, according to the ministry’s statement.
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He was briefed about the ceasefire agreement on the LoC, the development works on field fortifications, the counter infiltration grid, the operational preparedness and the Army-citizen relations in border areas, the ministry said.
He was also briefed upon the “overall security situation” prevalent on the LoC and the hinterland, and also about the safety and security measures for the Amarnath Yatra.
He interacted with personnel of the armed forces, the Border Security Force, the Central Reserve Police Force and the police. In an address to them, he “commended them for fulfilling their responsibilities efficiently even in challenging situations, describing their valour and zeal as remarkable”, according to the statement.
He also praised the “excellent synergy exhibited by all sections of the civil administration,” the security forces and security agencies in projecting a “whole-of-government approach that has resulted in the improvement of the security situation conducive for fostering a new era of development in the Union Territory,” the statement said.
Singh was accompanied by Army Chief General Manoj Pande, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi, and Lieutenant General AS Aujla, who is the commander of the 15 Corps, which is responsible for the security of the LoC in the Valley.
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