Defence Secy visits LoC; meets CM, Governor5 September 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma, who is on three day visit to Kashmir, today visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Tanghdar sector in frontier district of Kupwara where militants are making attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir for past two months. He also called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Governor N N Vohra after he returned from Tanghdar in the evening. A Defence spokesman said here that the Defence Secretary was accompanied by Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen AS Lamba, Joint Secretary Ministry of Defence Subhash Chandra and senior Army officers. At Tanghdar, the high level Defence delegation was briefed by the Brigade Commander on the situation along LoC, infiltration and ceasefire violation by Pakistani Army. It may be mentioned here that militants made around one dozen infiltration attempts in Tanghdar, Keran and Macchil sectors of district Kupwara during past two months. But alert Army troops deployed along the LoC foiled all these attempts in which one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and four Army jawans were killed and six others were injured. After tight vigil along the LoC by Army which led to failure of militant plans to infiltrate, the Pakistani troops along the LoC of late started giving cover to the militants by resorting to ceasefire violations. One JCO of the Army was killed and in retaliatory firing three Pakistani soldiers were also killed. The Defence spokesman said that the defence delegation was given a demonstration of the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System and various equipment deployed by the Army along LoC to foil infiltration bids. The Defence Secretary was shown how modern gadgetry installed along the LoC has helped in foiling infiltration bids along the LoC. 'The Army also displayed sophisticated equipment and War Like Stores recovered from militants. The delegation interacted with the officers, JCOs and soldiers deployed along the LoC who gave first hand account of the situation along the LoC.' The delegation was briefed by Army Commander, Northern Command Lt General K T Parnaik and Corps Commander Chinar Corps, Lt Gen Ata Hasnain on the security environment in Jammu and Kashmir. The two Army Commanders gave detailed account of security situation in Jammu and Kashmir especially the attempts made by militants to infiltrate in large number before the onset of winter and ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops who are giving cover to infiltrators. The Defence Secretary later called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in the evening. Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Secretary Madhav Lal and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister B B Vyas were present in the meeting. The Chief Minister, MoS Home and other officers briefed the delegation about the security situation prevailing in the State. They apprised the delegation about the steps taken by the State Government in thwarting the attempts of separatists to disrupt the peace in the Valley. The recent resurgence of the protests and stone pelting was also discussed. Earlier, the delegation called on Governor NN Vohra, who briefed the Defence delegation about the security situation of the State.