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Antony inspects Kashmir forward posts along LoC

india Updated: Jul 29, 2012 19:47 IST
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Union defence minister AK Antony, on the last day of his two-day visit to Kashmir, on Sunday visited forward posts near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, prone to militant infiltrations.

Antony inspected a forward post in the Kupwara district's Tangdar area, where infiltration attempts were being made in the past by militants to sneak into the valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"The Union minister was briefed about the infiltration pattern of militants in the sector and the measures being taken by the Army to prevent such attempts," said Srinagar-based defence spokesman JS Brar.

The defence minister, who enquired about the welfare of personnel, took stock of quality of rations, clothing and shoes being dispatched to soldiers manning difficult and hostile terrain.

"The ministry of defence has taken several measures in the last few years to improve the quality of supplies to the jawans posted in remote locations," said the spokesman.

Antony was accompanied by chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh, defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, and Northern Army commander Lieutenant General KT Parnaik.

Later, Antony, who visited Kashmir after 18 years, flew back to Delhi along with his entourage.

The defence minister met chief minister Omar Abdullah and held a series of meetings to review the security scenario in Kashmir during the two-day visit to Kashmir. In a significant statement, Antony has asked for reducing "visibility" of troops in the state without compromising efficacy.

Security forces and intelligence agencies should enhance their coordination to thwart enemy attempts to disturb peace in the border state, exhorted the union minister during his meetings.