Jammu and Kashmir: Security forces conduct search operation in Shopian

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New Delhi | Updated: May 17, 2017 10:04:50 AM

Security forces on Wednesday carried out search operation in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Security forces on Wednesday carried out search operation in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. (Representative image by PTI)

Security forces on Wednesday carried out search operation in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, according to ANI report. The search operation is underway even as Pakistan this morning violated ceasefire in Balakot sector, a report says. The search operation comes on a day when Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will visit the state to review the security situation.

Pakistan yesterday had resorted to shelling and firing for the fourth consecutive day on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district even as nearly 1,700 people have been evacuated from shelling-hit areas. Pakistani troops continued overnight shelling along the LoC in three belts of Rajouri district. The firing and shelling has affected over 10,000 people, according to PTI report. On May 13, Pakistani troops had pounded civilian areas and forward posts in Nowshera area with mortars, killing two civilians and injuring three.

Jaitley and the Army chief’s visit comes amid a spike in militant attacks and incidents of violence, according to PTI report. Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, will be in Srinagar primarily for the two-day meeting of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council on May 18 and 19. However, he is also likely to review the security situation in the restive valley region and take stock of counter-terror operations, the report said.

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat is leaving for Kashmir tomorrow where he would be briefed by top Army commanders about incidents of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.

It was not immediately known if the two would review the ground situation together or separately.

Jaitley and Rawat’s Kashmir visit comes in the wake of beheading of two Indian security personnel by Pakistani military in Poonch district earlier this month which was termed “barbaric” by India.

While Rawat hinted at retaliation to avenge the killings, Jaitley had said the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain and that the armed forces will react “appropriately”.

The Kashmir valley has witnessed a spurt in incidents of violence and militant attacks in the last couple of months.

The Pakistani troops were involved in 67 ceasefire violations in the first four months of 2017, with maximum of 26 incidents reported in April, according to Army sources.

They said a total of 27 militants were killed between January and April in counter-insurgency operations.

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