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Defence Minister offers prayers at Amarnath Shrine

Srinagar, July 18 | Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited the holy cave of Amarnath and offered prayers.

Singh, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, spent about an hour at the temple complex.

The Amarnath cave is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism and hundreds of thousands of devotees make an annual pilgrimage to it across challenging mountainous terrain.

His trip to the holy cave comes on the second day of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

On Friday, the defense minister reviewed the overall security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir with the top military brass, officials said.

He asked the armed forces to give a fitting reply to any “misadventure” by Pakistan.

At a high-level meeting, the defense minister also asked the armed forces to maintain a strict vigil along the Line of Control with Pakistan.

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