Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane on Wednesday arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to review the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.  The Chief of Army Staff was briefed by the Army officers on the existing security situation and the measures being taken to identify and target the overground workers’ network of terrorist groups.

“On arrival, #COAS visited units and formations in the hinterland where he was briefed by the local Commanders on the existing security situation. #COAS expressed his appreciation to all ranks for their relentless efforts,” the Indian Army tweeted.

“While interacting with the troops, the COAS expressed his appreciation to the jawans and commanders who are relentlessly battling the dual challenges of Pakistan abetted terror and the global pandemic. He further reinforced the need to be prepared to meet the emerging security challenges effectively.

Later, the COAS was briefed by the Chinar Corps Commander on the overall situation pertaining to the Line of Control and the hinterland,” the Army said.

General Naravane was also briefed by the Chinar Corps Commander on the prevailing security situation on the Line of Control and hinterland.

The Indian Army chief asserted the need to be prepared to meet emerging security challenges effectively.

Notably, General Naravane’s visit comes a day after Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Y K Joshi said that ceasefire understanding between India and Pakistan is being followed in “letter and spirit” by both the neighbouring countries. The Army official, however, assured that the force is keeping a strict vigil along the border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking exclusively to PTI, General Y K Joshi said, “The Ceasefire Understanding (CFU) reached on 25 February 2021 has sustained since then and both sides (India-Pak) are abiding by the arrangement in letter and spirit.”

“The present situation is a reflection of our nation’s behaviour as a responsible member of the comity of nations where we have displayed maturity, restraint and humanitarian outlook during the trying times of Covid pandemic,” he said.

The Army commander said that the counter-terrorist operations are in full swing and warned the terrorists of punitive response from the security forces.

“The troops are maintaining their operational preparedness at 100 per cent efficiency in order to ensure that the response to any misadventure by the adversary or terrorists would be met with a swift and punitive response,” the Army Commander said.