After chairing the J&K Security Meeting, PM Modi directs officials to utilise the full range of their counter-terrorism capabilities.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a meeting with officials on Thursday, reviewing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of recent terror incidents, just hours before he left for Italy to attend the G-7 Summit.

The PM has given senior authorities, including Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha of Jammu and Kashmir, instructions to provide complete public safety and a terror-free atmosphere. The PM also had a conversation with Amit Shah, the home minister, during the meeting. According to sources, the PM instructed the officials to check even small-scale terrorist activity by utilising the “full spectrum of counter-terror capabilities.”

The prime minister advised officials that every opportunity should be taken to eradicate the terror networks in Jammu and Kashmir. The PM’s orders was issued as J&K is preparing to manage the security for the Amarnath Yatra, which is set to start this month. The yatra is scheduled to last till August 19.

The PM’s conversation also covered security.

Prominent officials who attended the meeting with the PM included NSA Ajit Doval. The PM’s conversation with Shah covered the deployment of forces in the UT.

Sources said today’s deliberations would be followed by another key meeting to be held by Shah. Overall, Modi’s call for the deployment of comprehensive counter-terror capabilities signals the government’s resolve to ensure zero-terror in the UT. The PM was also briefed on the recent terrorist incidents that took place in parts of J&K resulting in loss of lives.

In the recent past, terror incidents were reported from four places in Reasi, Kathua and Doda districts, killing nine pilgrims and a CRPF Jawan. In many rounds of swift operations against terrorists, security forces have neutralised two Pakistan-backed terrorists in Kathua and recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition from their possession.

The most disturbing terror incident occurred on Sunday when terrorists opened fire on a 53-seater bus carrying pilgrims to the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra from the Shiv Khori temple. Nine persons died in that incident.

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