Advani, Jaswant hold crucial meeting of unified command
19 May 2001
Srinagar: Defence and Home Ministers of the country on Saturday held a crucial meeting of the unified command comprising army and other security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir to assess whether the ceasefire could be extended in the Valley. The closed-door meeting of the unified headquarters commenced immediately after the arrival of Home Minister L K Advani and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh, official sources said. The two ministers were accompanied by the director of intelligence bureau on a day-long visit to Kashmir to assess the ground situation in the strife-torn state. Much significance is attached to the meeting as a formal announcement regarding extension of the ceasefire beyond May 31 will depend on the findings of the two ministers, the sources said. The Jammu and Kashmir Governor G C Saxena, Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Commander Of Srinagar-based 15th corps Lt Gen J R Mukherjee and commander of Leh-based 16th corps Lt Gen Arjun Ray were among those present to receive the ministers at the venue of the meeting. Unified headquarters comprises army, paramilitary forces, central and state intelligence agencies and J&K police. The meeting was held under tight security arrangements and reporters were not allowed to talk to the Union ministers though photo opportunity was provided.