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Def minister visiting J&K today

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New Delhi:  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will pay a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir beginning Thursday during which he will review the overall security situation in the Union territory, official sources said.

The defence minister will visit various forward areas and review the preparedness of Indian armed forces, they said.

Senior commanders of the Indian Army are scheduled to brief Singh about the overall security situation in the hinterland as well as along the Line of Control (LoC), they said.

Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing a spate of civilian killings in the last few weeks triggering apprehensions of an intense cycle of violence in the region.

The security forces have intensified their operations in view of the killings.

The sources said the defence minister will be apprised about the situation along the LoC and the International Border (IB).

In a significant move aimed at reducing tensions, the Indian and Pakistani armies on February 25 last year announced that they would cease firing across the LoC while recommitting themselves to a 2003 ceasefire agreement.

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