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Directs men to give 'befitting reply to enemy'
DM visits Uri Brigade HQrs
11/2/2016 10:55:57 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Nov 2: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday visited the forward posts in north Kashmir's Baramulla district and directed the soldiers on ground to remain alert to foil infiltration and to "give a befitting reply" to any ceasefire violation by Pakistan.
Parrikar is accompanied by Army Chief General Dalbir Singh.
Reliable sources in the Army told early TIMES that Parrikar arrived in Kashmir on a two-day visit-to take stock of the overall security situation in the wake of escalating tensions on the Line of Control and on the International Border in J&K. "Today, he along with the top army officials visited the forward posts in north Kashmir's Baramulla. He also interacted with the officers and soldiers at Uri Brigade headquarters," sources said. Pertinently, the Uri Brigade headquarter was attacked by the heavily armed four terrorists on October September 18 leaving at least 19 soldiers dead and over 20 injured. The Defence Minister had expressed concern over the incident and sought a detailed report.
A senior Army official said that Parrikar's visit assumes significance given the fact that "borders in J&K are hot these days and the morale of soldiers needs to be raised." "At Uri, the defence minister raised the morale of soldiers and asked them maintain tight vigil on the LoC to thwart all the infiltration bids. Parrikar also directed the soldiers to give a befitting reply any sort of misadventure by the enemy," the official said, wishing anonymity. "The defence minister categorically passed the directions not to tolerate any ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army and to give an equal response from this side."
Parrikar, according to sources in the Army, asked soldiers and officers to ensure no civilian causality takes place in case tension further escalates in Kashmir region. "Civilians living close to the LoC should not feel panicked. Army should always help them to ensure their safety," sources quoted Parrikar as having said at Uri.
According to a statement issued by the Army here, Defence Minister was accompanied by the Army Chief General Dalbir Singh, Northern Army Commander Lt General D S Hooda and GoC 15 Corps Lt General J S Sandhu. "Parrikar enjoyed tea with soldiers in Uri," the statement said. "He was later briefed about the overall security situation including the number of infiltration bids taken place so far this year at the 15 Corps headquarters in Srinagar." Sources said that the Defence Minister will stay night in Srinagar. They said that Parrikar is scheduled to pay homage to soldiers at the War Memorial at Central Kashmir's Budgam district. Interestingly, post surgical strikes by the Army, tensions have gripped the LoC and IB in J&K as guns continue to roar on both sides. On Tuesday, eight people including four women and two children were killed while 23 others were injured in the border skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani army in Poonch, Samba and Rajouri districts of Jammu region.
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