Mehbooba reviews security situation in Jammu and Kashmir

Mehbooba reviews security situation in Jammu and Kashmir

With panchayat polls round the corner, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reviewed prevailing security situation in the state with top brass of army, police and other agencies during Unified Headquarters (UHQ) meeting on Tuesday.

Mehbooba chaired the multi-agency meeting with the rank and file of the security establishment in Jammu, amid outrage over civilian killings by security forces in Kashmir. "Chaired the Unified High Command meeting related to security matters of the state," Mehbooba tweeted.Sources told Deccan Herald that the chief minister discussed "several crucial matters", like security for ensuing Panchayat polls, rise in fidayeen (suicide) attacks, recruitment of local youth into militancy, ceasefire violation on LoC and infiltration from across the border, with the top brass of security forces and civil administration during the meeting.

The UHQ is the apex decision-making body on security affairs in the state which has the representatives from the army, paramilitary forces, police and intelligence agencies and is headed by the chief minister."During the meeting, the chief minister was briefed about several crucial issues, including the emerging security scenario in Kashmir and along the borders. The participants also deliberated on efforts being made at the political and civil society levels to revive the peace and reconciliation process for the larger good of the people," they said.

The meeting comes just a week after a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander, in a purported audio-clip, threatened to pour acid into the eyes of those who will contest the panchayat polls, sending the security establishment across the state into a tizzy.

The Valley has seen a surge in violence with nearly 220 militants killed in 2017 while civilian and security forces causalities are also on rise. Sources said that during the meeting, decisions taken in previous UHQ meetings were also reviewed. The last UHQ meeting was held in Srinagar on 25 April 2017.
 
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