Modi chairs high-level meeting on security, Rajnath briefs about J&K visit

Centre has so far rejected calls to release videos of army's surgical strikes in Pakistan-held territory.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to discuss the situation in the Kashmir Valley.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the Prime Minister about his two-day visit to the Ladakh region as part of the Centre’s outreach to Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting comes amid calls from opposition leaders to release visual proof of surgical strikes carried out by the Army to dismantle terror infrastructure across the Line of Control.

The government has so far rejected calls to release videos of the September 29 strike in Pakistan-held territory.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State for the PMO Jitendra Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India Nitin Gadkari were present for the meeting.

During his visit, Rajnath had interacted with a cross-section of people in Kargil and also held meetings with delegations of political parties, civil society groups and individuals and took their views on development related issues.

The Union Home Minister also praised the armed forces and said they have the backing of the entire nation.

Rajnath asserted that the crux of all the meetings is that the government won’t allow anyone or anything to malign the name of the country.