DefMin Sitharaman to visit J&K on 20 Sep to review ‘Operation All Out’

Jammu: India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit Jammu and Kashmir on 20 September to review the security situation.

Civilian areas near the international border are witnessing escalated alleged shelling incidents by Pakistan Army.

On her maiden visit to the state, Defence Minister will take stock of the situation on the borders and also on the progress of “Operation All Out” that has been launched by Army in the Kashmir valley to eliminate active terrorist in the state.

More than 150 militants, including top commanders of various terror outfits, have been killed by the security forces in the past few months.

She will be accompanied by the Army chief General Bipin Rawat. Sitharaman will visit Srinagar, Bhimber Gali (BG) sector in Poonch and Sunderbani in Rajouri, which are among the worst affected due to alleged Pakistan shelling.

About 3000 civilians have migrated to safe places in the Rajouri district and have taken shelter in government schools.

Some soldiers of the Army and BSF have been killed in the forward posts due to sniper firing from Pakistan. The Indian troops were befittingly retaliating.

The Defence Minister is also expected to take stock of continuous shelling of civilian areas by Pakistan Rangers in the Jammu district. Arnia village in the district has been badly affected due to shelling.

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