U.S. Army chief briefed on J&K security situation
3 February 2003
Our Special Correspondent
: Eric K. Shinseki, the first United States Army chief to visit India, was today extensively briefed about the continuing Pakistan support to infiltration across the Line of Control (LoC). The Chief of the U.S. Army was first informed about the precarious security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and then about the developing security concerns in the East during an hour-long audio-visual briefing in the War Room in South Block. Similar concerns were shared during his one-to-one interaction with his Indian counterpart, N.C. Vij, who has repeatedly dealt with this problem in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides serving extensively in the rugged terrain of Jammu and Kashmir, Gen. Vij was directly involved during the brief but bloody Pakistani endeavour to alter the LoC in Kargil in 1999 as the Army's Director General of Military Operations. Gen. Shinseki also interacted with the Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee, and Naval chief, Madhvendra Singh, and the newly appointed Vice-Chief of the Air Staff, M. Macmahon. He also called on the Defence Minister, George Fernandes. Accompanied by a 14-member delegation and his wife, he leaves early tomorrow for the Philippines. The U.S. Army chief had arrived here on Sunday evening.