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Army chief heads to Kashmir to review operational preparedness

The Army chief's visit coincides with the ceasefire announced between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control completing 100 days in a couple of days. 

Army chief heads to Kashmir, to review operational preparedness-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jun 2, 2021, 1:31 PM IST
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Indian Army chief General MM Naravane will be in Kashmir on Wednesday evening to review the security scenario on the ground and the operational preparedness of the force. 

His visit also coincides with the ceasefire announced between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control completing 100 days in a couple of days. 

"The chief will visit Jammu & Kashmir today. He will return back on Thursday. This is his normal visit, wherein he will review the security scenario with top Indian Army officials," an Indian Army official said.  

Talking to Asianet Newsable, defence and strategic analyst Brig Brigadier V Mahalingam (Retd) said, "It is one of the routine visit of the Army chief to J&K. It would be to review the situation, particularly the internal troubles, the militancy has been on the wage and secondly the political parties there have relatively been quite in all these days. Therefore, he must be going there to review the situation and secondly to give the operational strategy to the army in the changed circumstances. This is necessary for the army chief to convey the overall strategy for the J&K in the present circumstances."

The two countries had announced the ceasefire along the LoC on February 25. After the attacks of Uri in 2016 and Pulwama in 2019, India and Pakistan have witnessed high tension along the border areas. 

"It would be better for Pakistan to build better confidence with India to dismantle the terror infrastructure so that the part of peace could be further taken forward," Brig Mahalingam said when asked about the presence of terror infrastructure along the border in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. 

A few days back, Gen Naravane had said that the restoration of ceasefire in February between two countries in Jammu and Kashmir, has led to a significant drop in infiltration by terrorists from Pakistan and contributed to the overall sense of peace and well-being in border areas.

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