Defence Minister reviews security situation

NEW DELHI, Apr 25:
Defence Minister A K Antony today reviewed the security situation, including the test firing of missile by Pakistan this morning, in a meeting here with the top security brass including the National Security Advisor (NSA) and the three service chiefs.
“Defence Minister chaired the monthly security meeting and it was attended by NSA Shivshankar Menon, Army Chief Gen V K Singh, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, IAF Chief N A K Browne and Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma.
“The test firing of Shaheen missile by Pakistan was also discussed there,” Defence Ministry officials said.
Pakistan today claimed to have successfully test fired Hatf-4, also known as Shaheen-1A with a range of around 750 kilometers. Pakistan’s longest range missile Shaheen II has the range of 2,000 kilometers.
The missile test took place within a week of India launching its 5000 plus kilometer range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-5 off the Odisha coast.
During the meeting, which lasted for more than an hour, the Defence Minister was updated on the prevailing security situation in the country along all its frontiers.
This is the second security review held this month.
The coastal security situation along with the ongoing modernisation plans for maritime security infrastructure was also discussed, they said.
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Navy have been entrusted with a wide range of modernisation plan to secure the 7,000 km coastline, which includes setting up various radars, warning systems and transponders.
The coastal security plan was introduced after the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008.
Yesterday, Antony had addressed the Unified Commanders Conference where he had expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan-Pakistan region, China’s strategic rivalry with India and trans-national terrorism.
Referring to the internal security scenario in the North East and J&K, the Defence Minister had asked the top commanders to remain vigilant and active as the coming months of summer will prove to be a real test for them. (PTI)