November 2004 News

Fencing Along LoC Sophisticated: Australian Army Chief

23 November 2004
The Indian Express

Srinagar: The fencing work along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir is a 'sophisticated system' aimed at curbing infiltration, Australian Army chief Lt General Peter F Leahy said in Srinagar on Tuesday.It (fencing) is a sophisticated system aimed at curbing infiltration. It is a magnificent piece of engineering and the work gone into it is quite immense,' Leahy said in Srinagar after visiting the forward areas. Lt General Leahy said he also witnessed the functioning of troops along the LoC, which is quite professional. Describing the reduction of troops in Jammu and Kashmir as positive, he said reduction of troops from any place reflects the improvement in the security situation. Referring to Army's operation Sadhbhawna, he said the Indian Army was doing a good job by giving civic, social and economic support to the people besides taking measures to combat the insurgency in the state. Asked about the areas of Defence cooperation between India and his country, the Australian General said there is a National Defence College in Australia and in India as well. The two colleges exchange students on regular basis. 'The fact that three of my predecessors graduated from the Indian Defence College speaks for the cooperation between the two sides,' he said. On the purpose of his visit, he said we are trying to learn from each other's experience. We face a common threat of terror and we look at ways of combating it together.


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