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PM reviews security situation with service chiefs as border tension simmers

india Updated: Nov 08, 2016 15:49 IST
Rahul Singh
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu during an all-party meeting at Parliament House in New Delhi. (PTI File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the service chiefs on Tuesday afternoon and carried out a security review, even as border violations by Pakistan continue to fuel tensions along the Line of Control, the de-facto border with the neighbour country.

He was briefed about border situation and the preparedness of India’s armed forces, reports said after the meeting that came ahead of the PM’s upcoming Japan visit.

Situation along the LoC and the International Border has remained volatile since September 29 when India’s special forces carried out “surgical strikes” against militant shelters in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The targeted operations were India’s first direct military response to the Uri terror strike in September that left 19 soldiers dead.

Government sources said Indian forces were at their highest alert level as the Pakistani army could try to up the ante ahead of General Raheel Sharif’s retirement on November 29.

Modi is meeting the service chiefs at a time when cease-fire violations by the Pakistani army have increased in both numbers and intensity, forcing Indian forces to hit back hard.

Last month, India used artillery guns to destroy several Pakistani positions after an Indian soldier was beheaded in the Keran sector.