Nirmala Sitharaman at the LoC in JK on surgical strikes anniversary; counter-insurgency ops high on agenda

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New Delhi | Published: September 29, 2017 5:04:04 PM

Sitharaman is on at the LoC on the anniversary of the Surgical Strikes army carried out across LoC to destroy terrorist bases in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

nirmala sitharaman, nirmala sitharaman loc visit, nirmala sitharaman visit to loc, loc visit defence minister, surgical strikes anniversary, nirmala sitharaman surgical strikesCoincidentally, or otherwise, Sitharaman is on at the LoC on the anniversary of the Surgical Strikes army carried out across LoC to destroy terrorist bases in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. (Raksha Mantri/Twitter)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday took stock of the situation at the LoC and visited one of the forward posts. The Defence Minister also interacted with some of the troops deployed in the region. Sitharaman’s visit and interaction came as a part of her two-day tour to Jammu and Kashmir aimed at reviewing the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Valley and Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh region, PTI reports. Coincidentally, or otherwise, Sitharaman is on at the LoC on the anniversary of the Surgical Strikes army carried out across LoC to destroy terrorist bases in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Sitharaman was accompanied by Army chief General Bipin Rawat as she arrived in Srinagar this morning. The visit gains significance as it is the first trip to Jammu & Kashmir for the newly appointed defence minister. PTI citing some sources also reported that senior army officials would brief the defence minister about the overall situation in the Valley.

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The briefing will particularly include counter-insurgency and counter-infiltration operations. The Defence Minister is also scheduled to meet Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti later in the day, the sources told PTI.

Sitharaman is scheduled to visit Ladakh region on Saturday where she would take stock of the situation along the LAC, the sources said. Sitharaman is likely to visit Siachen Base camp or is likely to carry out an aerial tour of the glacier which is known as the highest battlefield in the world.

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