October 2001 News

New situation in neighbourhood: Fernandes

21 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

KANZALWAN, Gurez LoC: Defence Minister George Fernandes on Sunday said a new situation has emerged in neighbourhood and government is keeping a watch over it.''A new situation has emerged in our neighbhourhood. Due to this, we will definitely be facing some challenges'', Fernandes said while addressing jawans here. ''We cannot predict these challenges but a close watch is being maintained'', he added.The defence minister said ''excessive'' infiltration was taking place in this region and asked armed forces to maintain a tight vigil. Fernandes visited Siachen and Kargil sectors and Gurez and Uri areas of Baramulla- Kupwara sectors in the last two days and reviewed security situation with senior Army officers. In Jammu, he met senior Army officers of Northern Command and 16 Corps Headquarters before flying to forward areas of Rajouri and Poonch sectors. ( PTI )

 

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