On the second day of his visit to Ladakh and Kashmir, defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday flew to the mountain cave shrine of Amarnath where he offered prayers.
Rajnath was accompanied by the chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat.
They took stock of the security situation in the area.
Rajnath accompanied by General Rawat and Army Chief MM Narwane reached Srinagar in the afternoon on Friday, where they were received by Lieutenant General BS Raju, Chinar Corps Commander. The minister was briefed in detail about the situation on the Line of Control, in the hinterland and successful counter terrorist operations.
He said that the country was proud of the valour and patriotic spirit of the soldiers. He urged all to continue to work hard to ensure security both on the Line of Control and in the hinterland. He also impressed upon the commanders to maintain strict vigil along the Line of Control and remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure by the adversary. Later in the evening, the minister chaired a high level security review meeting which was attended by the Lieutenant Governor, UT of J&K, GC Murmu CDS, COAS, GOC-in-C Northern Command, Chief Secretary, J&K DGP, officials from the security forces, civil administration and Intelligence agencies.
The defence minister complimented everyone for great synergy and close coordination amongst the security forces and government agencies towards bringing back normalcy in the region and lauded their work in ensuring peace and security in J&K.