Army Chief Meets Azad, Discusses Security
5 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Chief of Army Staff General J J Singh today called on Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and discussed various issues pertaining to security forces in Kashmir valley, defence sources said.Gen Singh, who arrived here on a two-day farewell visit to the valley today, met Azad and discussed various issues pertaining to security forces, the sources said. Besides addressing all officers at Badami Bagh Cantonment, he would interact with troops of 79 Mountain Brigade and 9 Maratha Light Infantry which he had commanded during the peak of militancy and review the present security situation in the valley, the sources said. Closely associated with Kashmir, Gen Singh, who took over as 22nd Chief of Army in 2005, played a leading role in early rehabilitation of the October 8,2005 earthquake victims. Under his guidance, army adopted villages of Churunda in Uri and Tithwal in Kupwara District of the State. Earlier, General J J Singh arrived here today on a two-day farewell visit to the Valley. Northern Command General Officer-in-Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Lt Gen H S Panag and XV Corps GOC Lt Gen A S Sekhon received him at the Badami Bagh cantonment here. Gen Singh had taken over as the 22nd Army Chief on February 1, 2005. He has been closely associated with the people of Kashmir during the past two years and nine months. Gen JJ, as he is popularly known, played a leading role for early rehabilitation of victims affected by the devastating earthquake which struck the State on October 8, 2005. The General visited the Kashmir valley many times to personally supervise the relief and rehabilitation work undertaken by the Army in the affected areas. His personal interest in 'Op Raahat' brought succour to thousands of affected families. On Gen Singh's guidance, the Army adopted villages of Churunda in Uri and Teetwal in Kupwara. These have been developed as model modern villages which reflect the futuristic vision of Gen Singh in transforming the lives of these affected border inhabitants.