SRINAGAR: Army chief, General MM Naravane, who is on a two-day visit to Kashmir, reviewed the security situation in the valley.

Chief of Army Staff meets Lt Governor

Srinagar based army spokesman said that the COAS arrived in Srinagar on September 17 and proceeded to undertake a firsthand assessment of the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir.

The spokesman said that during his interaction with the soldiers deployed in high altitude areas, he appreciated their high morale and complimented them on their response to Pakistan ceasefire violations.

“He also commended the use of technology to ensure effective day and night surveillance across the LoC which has resulted in many successful operations to foil infiltration bids in the recent past,” said the spokesman, adding that the “COAS reinforced the need to extend all possible support to civilians residing in the border areas and are facing hardships due to the pandemic.”

“The COAS then proceeded to interact with commanders and troops deployed in the hinterland,” he said.

While interacting with army men, the COAS highlighted that it was the dawn of a new era of development, peace, and prosperity in Kashmir and applauded them for their high level of morale and contribution to peacebuilding in J&K.

He appreciated the high level of coordination amongst all government agencies towards maintaining peace in the valley and efforts to reach out to the “Awam” to overcome the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Later in the day, the COAS reviewed the overall security situation along with the Northern Army Commander and Chinar Corps Commander.

The COAS also called on Manoj Sinha, Lt Governor of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir where he discussed issues concerning the present security situation in the Union Territory and assured the wholehearted support of the Army in ushering in peace and stability in the region.

The Army chief is scheduled to return to New Delhi on September 18, 2020.


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