Parrikar arrives in J-K to review security situation

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 22, 2015 13:14 IST

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar Friday began his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation in the state.

The minister arrived in Nubra in the Ladakh region from where he will go to Leh and later to Srinagar.

The defence minister is accompanied by Army chief general Dalbir Singh Suhag and general officer commanding-in-chief of Northern Command,
lieutenant general DS Hooda during the visit that will cover all three regions of the state.

Lieutenant general V S Negi, general officer commanding, 14 Corps, will brief him about the situation along the Line of Control on Pakistani side and Line of Actual Control along the Chinese side, a defence spokesman said.

Parrikar will then fly to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, where he will hold meetings with governor NN Vohra and chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

"Besides these meetings, the defence minister will be briefed by GoC 15 Corps lieutenant general Subrata Saha on the security situation in the valley and along the Line of Control," he said.

The spokesman said Parrikar, after an overnight stay in Srinagar, will fly to Jammu where GoC 16 Corps lieutenant general KH Singh will brief him on the situation.

"The defence minister will visit some forward posts in Poonch sector in Jammu where senior officers will brief him," he added.

This will be Parrikar's second visit to Jammu and Kashmir since assuming charge of the ministry in November last year.

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