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Prime minister to address top defence brass on Friday

PTI  New Delhi, November 18, 2013
First Published: 15:18 IST(18/11/2013) | Last Updated: 15:25 IST(18/11/2013)

The situation along the borders with China and Pakistan and the counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir are expected to be reviewed by PM Manmohan Singh during the combined commanders' conference here on Friday.

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The prime minister will address the top brass of the armed forces on Friday during which a discussion is expected on the internal security situation besides taking stock of the immediate and future challenges to be faced by the country, defence ministry officials said.

The meeting is also liekly to discuss the counter insurgency operations of the army and the possibility of increase in the influx of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and other areas after the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2014, they said.

The meeting may also take up the issue of handling of Keran operations in Jammu and Kashmir where the army claimed to have engaged a large group of terrorists but nobody was found there after 15 days.

The prime minister had expressed concern over the incident to the defence ministry top brass last month. The meeting is also expected to take up the issue of spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the last few months.

It is also likely to take up for discussion the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after the signing of the border defence cooperation agreement with China to check flare ups between the two sides on the boundary. The issue of shortage of ammunition and weapon systems with the army may also come up for discussion.

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