Army chief on Jammu and Kashmir visit from Friday
Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor will visit Jammu and Kashmir for two days beginning on Tuesday to get a first-hand knowledge of counter-insurgency operations in the militancy-hit state and the situation in the border.
After arriving in Jammu, General Kapoor, accompanied by his wife, will first to go to Trikuta hills to pay obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi temple, defence sources said.
During the day, he would hold security review meetings with senior army officers and field commanders at Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters and Northern Command headquarters at Udhampur.
On Saturday, General Kapoor would visit Srinagar, where he is likely to have meetings with state police officials and other members of Unified Headquarters in which emphasis would be laid on a concerted effort to counter insurgency operations, sources said.
General Kapoor, who had served in Jammu and Kashmir as a Brigade Commander 1998 and also headed the prestigious Northern Command, has ruled out troops reduction in the state.
There cannot be any curtailment of army's role in combating terrorism keeping in view the geo-political situation vis-a-vis the threat from terrorists, he had said.
The army chief was categoric in stating that situation in Jammu and Kashmir did not yet warrant any withdrawal of forces. "As and when things improve, we can take a fresh look at troop positions," he said.
His statement came at a time when PDP, the alliance partner of the ruling Congress, was trying hard to score a political point by demanding immediate reduction of troops in the valley.