Jaitlay, Singh arrived in Srinagar

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday afternoon reached Srinagar. He is accompanied by the army chief General Bikram Singh.

Jaitlay and Singh will remain very busy up to Sunday evening in J&K reviewing the security situation.

The visit, first of any central minister after Narindra Modi took over as the Prime minister, has gained importance after the recent firing incidents on the Line of Control (LoC).

“Jaitley accompanied by Bikram Singh arrived and will be meeting Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah later in the day,” official sources said.

The Defence Minister will be briefed by top army officers posted in the state about the anti-militancy operations along the LoC.

The other issues likely to come up for discussion are the security arrangements for the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra and rehabilitation and return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, they added.

Jaitley is also scheduled to visit some forward areas along the LoC where he will interact with local Army officers.

Defence minister and the army chief will also attend the very important meeting of the Unified Command Head Quarters.

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