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Srinagar, Jul 4 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra was today given a detailed brief on the overall situation in the state by a senior Army officer.

A spokesman for the Raj Bhavan said here Lt General Mukesh Sabharwal, 16 Corps Commander, gave the Governor his assessment of the overall existing and emerging situation in the state.

Interacting with Mr Vohra at Raj Bhavan, General Sabharwal also gave a detailed briefing on the obtaining pattern and extent of cross-LoC infiltration and the manner in which his echelons were dealing with the situation.

Lauding the Army for effectively guarding the country's frontiers and its commitment to counter terrorism, Mr Vohra stressed the importance of continuing efforts for winning over the hearts and minds of the people who had suffered immensely in past two decades of militancy.

He also lauded the sustained devotion of the Army while exercising maximum restraint and minimum collateral damage to innocent civilians.

The Governor conveyed appreciation of civic action being undertaken by the Army on the border and in remote areas to supplement various services to the civilian population.

He particularly referred to the Army's endeavours towards spreading education through its Goodwill Public Schools and organising free Medical Camps to provide valuable relief to the people residing in the far-flung areas of the state.

He said the army had made less inconvenience or damage to interests of the people at large when the security forces were carrying out anti-terrorist operations, most of which were in difficult circumstances.

Mr Vohra observed that 'whether during war or in peace, the Army had always played a glorious role'.

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