President Kovind chairs Unified High Command meet in Srinagar

Stresses on maintaining close relation with general public; Hails security forces for synergy, coordination; peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 26: President Ram Nath Kovind Monday chaired a high level unified high command at Rajbhawan, Srinagar where top officials of the security grid participated. The president Kovind expressed his satisfaction over the peaceful situation prevailing in Kashmir and stressed on maintaining close relations with the general public.

A senior officer privy to the meeting said  that top officials including DGP Dilbagh Singh, GoC 15 Corps DP Pandey, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary J&K, IGPs of BSF and CRPF were present.  The meeting was co-chaired by J&K LG Manoj Sinha. Pertinently, the President of India is also the commander-in-chief of armed forces.

“President was briefed about the security situation post abrogation of article 370, anti-militancy operations, and infiltration status,” the officer said, adding that the presentation was given through a power-point presentation.

Sources privy to the meeting said  the President praised security forces including police and the army for maintaining synergy, coordination and dealing in a professional manner with the security situation of Kashmir and bringing peace in the region. The president Kovind, sources said, praised security forces for creating a peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir over the past few years. Sources said that President Kovid stressed on maintaining close relations with the general public and putting in best efforts to mitigate the sufferings of people.

“President expressed his gratitude to the army for plugging the infiltration at the LoC stating that the ceasefire pact renewed in February this year should be respected, however, there should be no lowering of guard,” sources said. “The president told the meeting that any misadventure at the LoC should be given a befitting reply.”

Bad weather scuttles Prez Kovind’s Kargil visit

President Ram Nath Kovind couldn’t reach Kargil on Monday owing to the bad weather didn’t allow his plane to take off from Srinagar forcing him to visit north Kashmir’s Baramulla district where paid tributes to soldiers who laid lives in Kargil war 22 years ago.

This is for the second time since 2019 that the president Kovind couldn’t reach Kargil to attend Vijay Diwas celebrations.

An official said the President’s plane couldn’t take off from Srinagar due to bad weather and difficult flying conditions for crossing Himilyan peaks like Zojila Pass.

The official said Plan B was been put in place and the President’s convey was diverted towards Gulmarg, Baramulla. A series of tweets on President Kovind’s official handle read that, “President Kovind interacts with officers and jawans of (Srinagar-based) Chinar Corps and High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg. President Kovind visits High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg, one of the most premier institutions in the field of warfare and writes a message appreciating and encouraging our soldiers who defend our borders.”

Another tweet read: “In a message at the Dagger War Memorial at Baramulla, President Kovind paid tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation with indomitable courage and valour.” Yet another tweet read: “On Kargil Vijay Diwas, President Kovind laid a wreath at the Dagger War Memorial, Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir, to pay tributes to all soldiers who sacrificed their lives in defending the nation.”

Office of the LG also tweeted that “LG Manoj Sinha visited High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg,Baramulla along with president Ram Nath Kovind Ji, interacted with troops and appreciated their dedication towards the nation. HAWS is one of the premier institutions established to train our soldiers.”. kno

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