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Indian Army chief reviews security in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, June 2 (MNN) Indian Army chief General MM Naravane reviewed the security situation in the Kashmir valley.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is on a two-day visit to Kashmir to review the security situation.

On arrival in Srinagar, the Army chief, accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen YK Joshi and Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey visited Army units and formations in the hinterland where he was briefed by the officers on the security situation and measures taken to identify and target overground workers involved in radicalisation and recruitment of youths into terrorist ranks.

The efforts to prevent local recruitment and facilitate surrender of local terrorists were also discussed.

Interacting with troops, the COAS expressed appreciation for the jawans and commanders who were relentlessly battling the dual challenges of “Pakistan-abetted terror” and the global pandemic.

He reinforced the need to be prepared to meet emerging security challenges effectively.

Later, the COAS was briefed by the Chinar Corps Commander on the overall situation pertaining to the Line of Control and the hinterland.

The Army chief complimented the excellent synergy exhibited by all sections of the civil administration, Jammu and Kashmir Police, Central Armed Police Forces and other security agencies in projecting a ‘Whole of Government’ approach that has resulted in improvement in the security situation conducive for fostering a new era of development in the UT.

In the evening, the COAS called on Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha at the Raj Bhavan and discussed emerging challenges and the road map for long term peace in J&K.

The LG appreciated the role played by the Indian Army in restoring and preserving peace in the UT and providing aid to the civil authorities against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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