Rajnath LoC

There Should Be Zero Tolerance To Terror: Rajnath

Rajnath LoC

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir and took stock of the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday and asked the troops to remain extra vigilant so that no untoward incident occurs in the future.

He carried out a first-hand assessment of the prevailing situation as well as the counter-terror operations in the area. He was accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi.

The Raksha Mantri was given a detailed brief on the prevalent security situation, counter-infiltration grid and operational preparedness. The aspects associated with the operating challenges were discussed by Rajnath Singh with the commanders on the ground. He called for professional conduct and due diligence while carrying out operations.

Interacting with the troops, Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the soldiers killed in action and conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the bravehearts.

He wished a speedy recovery for the injured soldiers, emphasising that all necessary measures are being taken in view of the prevailing situation.

Rajnath Singh assured the troops that the government stands with the Armed Forces and that the nation will forever be indebted to the unparalleled valour and sacrifice of the soldiers. He termed the welfare of the Armed Forces the government’s top priority, stressing that additional efforts are being made to bolster the security and intelligence framework.

“Indian Army is not an ordinary army. The soldiers are our protectors. It is their duty to not only safeguard national interests but also to win the hearts of the people,” the defence minister added.

He exhorted the troops to remain extra vigilant so that no untoward incident occurs in the future, reiterating that there should be zero tolerance for terrorism.

Singh described the recent incidents in the sector as unfortunate and asked all ranks to undertake operations based on hard intelligence, in accordance with established procedures aided by niche technology. He urged all commanders to have zero tolerance for violations of the well-established SOPs.

Rajnath Singh also met with the families of the deceased persons, residents of village Topa Peer of Bufliaz in Poonch district. He assured an expeditious investigation into the incident, culminating in the delivery of justice.

He further expressed satisfaction for the high level of synergy between the security forces, civil administration, J-K Police, Central Armed Police Forces and other security agencies in projecting a clear message of resoluteness towards improving the security environment that is conducive to fostering a new era of development in the Union Territory (UT).

He also complimented the local people for their steadfastness and contribution towards joining the mainstream efforts undertaken by the Government of India. It was emphasised that unity in the thought process, alignment and collective resolve for the good of the nation are the most important foundations for the achievement of shared aspirations of peace and development in the UT.

Prior to the visit of Rajnath Singh, the Chief of Army Staff had visited the area on December 25 and exhorted all ranks of the Indian Army to conduct operations in the most professional manner while remaining resolute and steadfast against all challenges.

He had also underscored the commitment of the Indian Army to respecting human rights and zero tolerance for violations in any form. (ANI)

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