This was the Army Chief's first substantial meeting with the Prime Minister and it came on a day when there were ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who was also present in the meeting, is expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to review the security situation.
    
"The briefing was broad-based. It was a detailed review of the security situation, including the internal security situation. The status of operational readiness was also discussed besides the future challenges that need to be attended," a defence spokesperson said.
    
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh and Army Chief-designate Lt General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is presently the Vice-Chief, were also present in the meeting.

The briefing, sources said, began at 10 am and lasted till 12.40 pm.


Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch


The Pakistani troops on Friday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir in yet another violation of the ceasefire, prompting retaliation by Indian forces.

Pakistan troops fired 81-mm mortar shells and directed automatic and small-arms fire at Indian posts along the LoC in the Mendhar-BhimberGali-Keri forward areas of Poonch district at around 0730 hours on Friday, said a senior Army officer.

"No casualty or damage has been reported on this side of the LoC due to the firing," he said.

Indian troops guarding the border effectively replied with similar calibre weapons, he said, adding that the “exchanges occurred in three forward areas".

The firing comes a day after an IED blast in the Tarkundi forward area along the LoC in Poonch in which one jawan was killed and three others injured.

Omar questions timing of ceasefire violation

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah questioned the timing of the ceasefire violation as the Defence Minister will visit the state on Saturday for the first time since assuming office. The violation was termed as ‘significant’ by Omar as some of the shells had landed in civilian areas.

"Is it just a coincidence that the Defence Minister is visiting J&K, for his 1st visit, to review the security situation tomorrow?" Omar wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.
Omar said that the ceasefire violations in the Rajouri and Poonch areas were significant as some of shells had landed in civilian areas.
    
"Significant ceasefire violation in Rajouri and Poonch with reports of some shells having landed in civilian areas. Some livestock loss," he tweeted.

Jaitley will review the security situation in the state along with top Army commanders during his two-day visit to Srinagar starting Saturday.

He is also expected to discuss the possibilities and ways of ensuring the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Kashmir Valley.

He will be briefed about the militancy situation in the state by the Northern Army Commander and the three Corps Commanders under him looking after the security of the international borders, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, Defence Ministry officials said.

Jaitley may also hold meetings with the Chief Minister and the Governor.

(JPN/Agencies)

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