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Def min visits key forward post along LoC in Kashmir

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Offers prayers at Amarnath cave shrine

Srinagar: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited a key forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector of north Kashmir.

Singh, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, visited the North Hill post and was apprised about the situation at the border by senior officials.

“Visited a forward post near LoC in Kupwara District of Jammu-Kashmir today and interacted with the soldiers deployed there,” Singh tweeted along with photographs of his interaction with the soldiers.

“We are extremely proud of these brave and courageous soldiers who are defending our country in every situation,” the defence minister said.

Earlier in the day, Singh visited the holy cave of Amarnath and offered prayers.

Accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff and Army Chief, Singh spent about an hour at the temple complex.

“Feeling extremely blessed after praying at Shri Amarnathji Holy Cave in Jammu and Kashmir,” Singh tweeted along with a clip of him praying at the holy shrine.

The Amarnath cave is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism and hundreds of thousands of devotees make an annual pilgrimage to it across challenging mountainous terrain.

His trip to the holy cave comes on the second day of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir. On Friday, the defence minister reviewed the overall security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir with the top military brass, officials said.

He asked the armed forces to give a fitting reply to any “misadventure” by Pakistan. At a high-level meeting, the defence minister also asked the armed forces to maintain a strict vigil along the LoC with Pakistan.

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