Srinagar: After reviewing operational preparedness along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, Army chief General MM Naravane on Friday asked ‘all ranks to be prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from the adversary’.
An Army official told UNI that General Naravane to J&K, who arrived here on Thursday for a two-day tour, visited forward areas along the LoC in north Kashmir, where Pakistani troops have been regularly violating ceasefire.
The two-day visit of General Naravane to J&K holds significance as it comes days after three civilians were killed in Pakistani shelling in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara. Five heavily-armed militants and as many soldiers were killed when troops foiled an infiltration bid from across the LoC, where ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased significantly.
He said the Army Chief reviewed operational preparedness of units and formations along LoC in North Kashmir. General Naravane complimented troops for maintaining sharp vigil and robust counter insurgency grid.
He further reinforced the need to be prepared to meet emerging security challenges effectively at all times.
The COAS accompanied by the Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen YK Joshi and Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen BS Raju on Thursday visited the formations and units in the hinterland.
General Naravane extolled the close coordination among all government agencies towards maintaining vigil and peace in the valley and reaching out to the people wholeheartedly to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic togetherv