Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley assessed the security situation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He has also asked the Army to remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across the border, days after two security personnel were beheaded by the Pakistani Army after crossing the Line of Control (LoC).
The meeting, where newly-appointed Defence Secretary Amit Mitra and Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat were also present, took place against the backdrop of spurt in militant attacks and incidents of stone-pelting in Kashmir and repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC.
Jaitley, while reviewing the security situation of Jammu and Kashmir at a high level meeting in Srinagar, also asked the forces to deal firmly with the inimical elements but ensure safety of the innocent people, officials said.
The Defence Minister arrived in Srinagar last evening. He was briefed on the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and steps being taken to restore normalcy in the Valley through close coordination amongst all the government agencies, officials said.
He was also apprised of various measures to strengthen the counter-infiltration grid along the Line of Control (LoC), where Pakistani forces have been indulging in shelling and attacks.
Jaitley “lauded the valour, sacrifice and patriotic fervour of every soldier who is serving in these challenging situations for national integrity”, saying the entire country is proud of them, the officials said.
He urged all soldiers to continue the good job being done and ensure safety of the innocent people while dealing firmly with the inimical elements.
He also impressed upon the commanders to maintain strict vigil along the LoC and remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across.
Jaitley, who also holds the fianance portfolio, will preside over the GST Council meeting on Thursday. He is also likely to meet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
(With inputs from PTI)