NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation along the India-Pakistan border during his visit to forward areas of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, and warned Pakistan of a befitting reply if provoked.
Army chief General Manoj Pande, Gen Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) of Northern Command, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi and other senior Army officers briefed the defence minister about the operational preparedness of the armed forces.
Singh interacted with personnel of Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and J&K Police during his visit.
Addressing the security personnel at Army Cantt in North Kashmir’s Baramulla, the defence minister appreciated them for fulfilling their responsibilities efficiently in challenging situations, and described their valour and zeal as remarkable.
He also lauded them for their indomitable courage and dedication toward the national security, and instilling the sense of national pride among the masses.
“Our neighbour has always resorted to anti-India activities. The state also witnessed terror activities in the past. Due to the relentless efforts of the personnel of Armed Forces, BSF, CRPF & J&K Police, there has been a significant decline in the number of terror activities in J&K recently,” he said.
In a warning to neighbouring Pakistan, Singh said, “Pakistan continuously tries to disturb peace in the country through its approach of bleed India with a thousand cuts. But, our security forces are such a protective shield for this country that whoever tries to break it, bleeds himself.”
Reiterating India’s ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ principle, Singh said that the armed forces of peace-loving India will give a befitting reply if an attempt is ever made to hurt the unity and integrity of the nation.
He said the valour and dedication of armed forces will build a golden future of the country.