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Def min visits Valley, meets Guv Malik

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Interacts with troops at forward post

Srinagar, Sept 02: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Sunday called on Governor Satya Pal Malik and discussed the prevailing security situation in the state.

Sitharaman met the Governor at Rajbhawan here and the two discussed issues related to security along the Line of Control (LoC) and hinterland of the state, officials said.

Earlier, the defence minister, accompanied by Army chief General Bipin Rawat, visited a forward post in north Kashmir this morning, the officials said.

They said Sitharaman visited Balbir Post where she interacted with the troops of 28 Infantry Division. She is the first defence minister to visit the Balbir post, the officials added.

She was accompanied by the Army chief General Bipin Rawat, and was received by Lt. General, Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander and Lt. General, A.K. Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in a statement.

"She was briefed by the commanders on ground as regards the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid.”

During her interaction with the troops, she lauded their round-the-clock sharp vigil along the Line of Control (LoC), high morale and professionalism.

"She also exhorted them to remain alert for any eventuality to defeat nefarious designs of hostile forces," the statement said.

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