Jaitley visits LoC in Kashmir

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2014 16:20 IST

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) remained the special focus of union defence minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday as he visited forward posts in north Kashmir.

“Our soldiers strive selflessly to maintain the sanctity of the LoC and in responding to any ceasefire violations,” said Jaitley, who is on his maiden two-day visit to the state.

Just two days after the LoC witnessed fresh violations in Jammu’s Poonch area from Pakistani side, the defence minister visited the army posts in the Haji Pir area on the LoC in Kupwara district, more than 100 km away from capital Srinagar.

“Our soldiers are doing a commendable job in safeguarding the country,” he said.

It was in 1965 war that the Army recaptured the strategic Haji Pir pass from Pakistan, which connects Jammu’s Poonch district with Kashmir’s Kupwara's district.

“The firing from across the border must stop as the ceasefire was in itself a Confidence Building Measure," the defence minister told the reporters.

The LoC has witnessed four major ceasefire violations since the BJP took power at the Centre.

On the last day of his two-day visit, the defence minister also took stock of the security scenario and chaired a meeting of the unified headquarters along with chief minister Omar Abdullah.

The meeting, which was attended by the top brass of police, army, paramilitary forces and intelligence, apprised the visiting defence minister of achievements and challenges.

“Co-chaired an important security review with Arun Jaitley. I'm glad he returns to Delhi with an appreciation of the situation and challenges,” tweeted chief minister Abdullah.

The defence minister has asked the state government to ensure foolproof security for the upcoming Amarnath yatra, which will start from June 28 .

“Amarnath yatra will begin soon and I hope it will be as peaceful as the elections,” he said.

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