ARMY CHIEF REACHES SRINAGAR; Reviews operational preparedness

Amid the continuing Pak provocations, India’s Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today visited Kashmir to review overall security situations. Defence sources said that he is also reviewing the operational preparedness of the armed forces along the Line of Control.

Accompanied by top army commanders, Gen. Rawat is visiting forward posts along Line of Control in North Kashmir districts to assess the operational preparedness and situation along the areas. This is the first visit of Gen Rawat to the valley after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 & 35 A and bifurcation of J&K into two Union Territories.

Pakistan on Wednesday night had conducted night training launch of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi which is capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 290 kms. The 5,000 kg missile (approx), which is capable of carrying a warhead weighing 700 kg, can hit its target with an accuracy of 50 metres.

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Indian Coast Guard have been alerted following inputs suggesting the possibility of intrusion by Pakistan trained SSG commandos in the Gulf of Kutch and Sir Creek area. Various defence forces had earlier said that India is well prepared for any attack from Pakistan.