“Had a very productive meeting with Arun Jaitley in Srinagar this afternoon. Discussed matters related to both defence & finance with him,” Abdullah said on Twitter soon after the meeting.

Jaitley’s scheduled visit comes a day after the Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Jaitley, who arrived here on Saturday morning along with Army Chief General Bikram Singh, said he will take stock of the security related matters with the state government and officers involved in the security grid during his visit.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley sent a strong message to Pakistan over the recent incidents along the Line of Control (LoC), saying the Indian Army is competent enough to act in any adverse situation along the border.

“The Indian Army is competent enough to act in any adverse situation along the border. Incidences like ceasefire violations can easily be stopped by our armed forces, the Union Minister told reporters at the Raj Bhavan, where he will be staying overnight.

During his visit, the minister 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.

General Bikram Singh and Army Chief- Designate Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag will be present during the briefings.

Omar had earlier on Friday questioned the timing of Jaitley’s visit.

"Is it just a coincidence that the Defence Minister is visiting J&K, for his 1st visit, to review the security situation tomorrow?" he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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

Earlier on Friday, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said it has been India's endeavour to establish peaceful and friendly relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan.

"On firing, I will like to reiterate that peace and tranquility on the border is of the highest importance in establishing the pre-condition for such peaceful and normal relationship," she told reporters.

The issue of ceasefire violations also came up during the Army Chief’s presentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Friday.

Between the end of April and mid-May, 19 incidents of ceasefire violation were reported along the LoC here.

In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in 149 ceasefire violations and firing incidents by Pakistan troops on forward posts, civilian areas and patrolling parties along the border.

JPN/Agencies

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