NEW DELHI: Reviewing the situation in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region as well the militancy-hit Jammu & Kashmir on Monday, defence minister Rajnath Singh asked troops to give “a befitting reply to any misadventure” from Pakistan, while assuring them the government would fully support all their operational and administrative requirements.
The defence minister, accompanied by Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat and Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, first did an aerial reconnaissance of the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest and coldest battlefield where over 1,100 Indian soldiers have laid down their lives to guard the heights from Pakistani troops since 1984. “He got acquainted with the expanse of the formidable frozen frontier and then landed at one of the forward posts there,” said an officer.
Interacting with troops at the Siachen Base Camp, the minister said, “I am proud of all Army personnel serving in Siachen who are leaving no stone unturned to defend our motherland. I am also proud of their parents who have sent their children to serve the nation by joining the armed forces. Our soldiers in Siachen are performing their duty with great courage and fortitude even in extreme conditions and treacherous terrain.”
Singh then went to the 15 Corps headquarters at Srinagar to review the situation along the line of control as well as counter-insurgency operations in the hinterland, in which over 100 terrorists, including 23 foreigners, have already been killed this year.
“The minister was briefed in detail about the situation… He was also apprised of the synergy and the close coordination amongst all the government agencies towards bringing back normalcy in the region and about the preparations in place for smooth conduct of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra,” said the officer.