Jaitley, Army Chief to visit J&K

Amid heightened tension on the Line of Control (LoC) and student unrest in the valley, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will arrive here in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to review the security situation, sources said.

According to sources, Arun Jaitley was supposed to fly to Srinagar for the GST Council meeting on Thursday. However, he has advanced his visit and is accompanying the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to  J&K.This would be Jaitley’s first visit to the state after he took over the additional charge from Manohar Parrikar.

During his visit to the LoC, Jaitley would meet the field commanders.

He will be briefed on the overall preparedness of the army to meet challenges of ceasefire violations and the heightened risk of infiltration along the Line of Control.

Sources said the ongoing students’ unrest in the valley would also remain in focus.”The impact of an unrest on the overall security situation cannot be wished away. Therefore, the visit will also focus on ways and means to help the civil administration bring the situation under control,” a news agency reported, quoting a top official.

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