Army chief asks troops in Kashmir to guard against Pak-abetted terror

NEW DELHI: Army chief General M M Naravane on Wednesday asked troops to be fully prepared to meet all security challenges, including ‘Pakistan-abetted terror’, during a two-day visit to Kashmir to take stock of the ground situation.

Gen Naravane, accompanied by Northern Command chief Lt-General Y K Joshi and 15 Corps commander Lt-General D P Pandey, visited different units and formations in the hinterland on Wednesday.

“The chief was briefed by the local commanders on the existing security situation and the measures being taken to identify and target the network of over ground workers (OGWs) involved in radicalization and recruitment of youth into terrorist ranks,” said an officer.

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“Efforts to prevent local recruitment and facilitate surrender of local terrorists were also discussed. Lt-Gen Pandey also briefed the chief on the overall situation along the Line of Control (LoC) as well as the counter-terror operations in the hinterland,” he added.

Gen Naravane said the ‘excellent synergy’ exhibited by all sections of the civil administration, J&K Police, Central Armed Police Forces and other security agencies in projecting a ‘whole of government’ approach had resulted in improvement in the security situation in the UT.

“In the evening, Gen Naravane called on Lt Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan and discussed the emerging challenges and road map for long term peace in J&K,” said the officer.

On Thursday, Gen Naravane will visit forward areas along the 778-km long LoC amidst the fresh border ceasefire with Pakistan since February. In a recent interview to TOI, he had said while the ceasefire was ‘a good first step’, Pakistan will have to take ‘tangible action’ against the terror infrastructure operating from its soil for ‘normalization’ of bilateral ties.

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