Remain vigilant and ‘ever ready’: Gen Rawat

GJ Report
Jammu, Jul 28: Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat today asked troops to remain vigilant and ‘ever ready’ while guarding the Line of Control.
While interacting with the soldiers deployed on the forward posts in Rajouri and Akhnoor sectors, the Army Chief exhorted the troops to continue to remain vigilant and ‘Ever Ready’.
Earlier in the morning General Rawat accompanied by the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu visited White Knight Corps and reviewed the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation.
He was briefed by Lt Gen A K Sharma, GOC 16 Corps about the preparedness of White Knight Corps in dealing with the emerging and dynamically changing security situation and the measures taken to thwart any misadventure by the inimical forces.
During his visit to the forward sector of Rajouri and Akhnoor, he was briefed on the operationalreadiness by the GOC Ace of Spades division and GOC Crossed Swords division.
He also visited forward posts along the LoC where he was briefed in detail on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter infiltration grid.
General Rawat while complimenting the formations for their unflinching efforts and reiterated the continued need to remain prepared in order to counter the nefarious designs of the enemy.
The Army chief visited forward posts along the LoC where he was briefed on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter infiltration grid, he added.
The Army chief arrived around 10 AM and flew to forward areas along LoC in Rajouri-Poonch belt, where he reviewed the security situation along the LoC in the wake of the recent heavy shelling by Pakistan army.
Nine soldiers were among 11 people killed while 16 others were injured in cross border firing month along the LoC in J&K.
The month also saw over 110 livestock falling prey to shelling and firing by Pakistani army in which nearly 35 structures, including over two dozen houses, were damaged along the LoC in Rajouri district alone.
Over 4,000 villagers have been moved to government camps at safer places in the district.
There has been an increase in the ceasefire violations in the past few months. Pakistan troops violated ceasefire 83 times in June and 79 times in the month of May.