Armed Forces Chiefs Meet PM Modi


New Delhi: The chiefs of the Army and the Air Force along with the Vice Chief of the Navy on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence here.

The meeting assumes significance as it comes against the backdrop of the deadly Uri attack.

Defence sources described the meeting as “routine”.

The chiefs of the armed forces have a monthly meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss various issues, they said.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral K B Singh met the Prime Minister. Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is out of town.

The Army Chief has met the PM and top PMO officials a number of times since the attack last Sunday.

Besides discussing the prevailing security situation in the country, discussions were also held on India’s response to the Uri attack, in which New Delhi has held Islamabad responsible.

Later in the day, the Prime Minister will address party office-bearers in Kozhikode and where he is expected to break his silence on the government’s response to the terror attack on the Army base.

Immediately after the Uri attack, the Prime Minister had vowed in a strongly worded tweet+ that he will not let the perpetrators go “unpunished”.

Earlier, defence minister Manohar Parrikar had asserted that the Prime Minister’s promise to punish those behind the Uri terror attack would not remain just words.

Last Sunday, a militant attack on an army base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, has claimed the lives of eighteen soldiers.

While 17 soldiers died on Sunday, the army confirmed that one more critically injured soldier succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 18.