Arun Jaitley visits army posts along LoC

Written by PTI | Srinagar | Updated: Jun 15 2014, 22:36pm hrs
Defence minister Arun Jaitley today visited army posts close to the Haji Pir pass and lauded the troops for working "selflessly" towards maintaining the sanctity of the LoC and retaliating to ceasefire violations.

"Our soldiers strive selflessly to maintain the sanctity of the LoC and in responding to any ceasefire violations," he tweeted.

"Visited the Army Posts at the LoC in the Haji Pir Area. Our soldiers are doing a commendable job in safeguarding the country," the minister added.

Jaitley, on his maiden trip to Jammu and Kashmir as Defence minister, was accompanied by Army Chief General Bikram Singh.

He was briefed by local Army officers about the security situation along the Line of Control and the counter-insurgency operations in the hinterland yesterday.

The Defence Minister visited Headquarters of Chinar Corps yesterday where he was given a comprehensive briefing on overall security situation in the Kashmir Valley including the counter-infiltration grid along the LoC and counter-terrorism grid in the hinterland.

Later in the day, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah had called on the Defence Minister during which the two leaders discussed the prevailing security scenario in the state.

"Had a very productive meeting with Arun Jaitley in Srinagar this afternoon. Discussed matters related to both defence and finance with him," Omar had tweeted yesterday.

After the meeting, an official spokesman had said the two leaders discussed the current situation on the LoC during the hour-long meeting.