Meets top Army Comdrs in Udhampur
JAMMU, Feb 22: Army chief General Manoj Pande today concluded his two-day visit to Northern Command headquarters during which he reviewed operational preparedness and security situation in Jammu and Kashmir especially along the Line of Control (LoC). Gen Pande reached the Northern Command headquarters yesterday and returned to New Delhi this evening.
At the Northern Army headquarters at Udhampur, the Chief of Army Staff reviewed the operational preparedness and security situation. He was briefed by Northern Army commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi and other senior officers on the situation prevailing in hinterland as well as LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. “General Manoj Pande, #COAS visited HQ @NorthernComd_IA & reviewed the operational preparedness & prevailing security situation. #COAS complimented all ranks for their high standards of professionalism and devotion to duty,” the Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADGPI) of the Indian Army wrote on twitter.
The Army chief’s two-day visit came at a time when a proposal is being discussion for withdrawal of troops from some pockets of Jammu and Kashmir and replace them with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). However, ongoing anti-militancy operations in the Kashmir and strengthening of Anti-Infiltration Grid on the Line of Control (LoC) to ensure that the militants don’t manage to infiltrate into the Indian territory were discussed at the meeting the Army chief had with the Commanders. Situation along the Line of Control has been by and large peaceful with no major ceasefire violations reported. However, all infiltration attempts by the militants have been foiled by the troops on the LoC in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.