Days after a drone attack, Prime Minister Modi chairs a high-level meeting with Rajnath Singh, NSA’s Ajit Doval

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Agency Ajit Doval on “future challenges” in the defense sector. A discussion was also held during the meeting on equipping the Indian armed forces with modern pieces of equipment.

The meeting took place two days after a drone attack on an Indian air base in Jammu that injured two people. The use of a drone to launch a terrorist attack marked the beginning of a new security threat to the country.

In the aftermath of the attack, a series of drones were again spotted in Jammu during the early hours of Tuesday. However, there was no official confirmation from the military. On Monday, the army said that drones were seen flying over the military stations in Kaluchak-Ratnochak. “A major threat thwarted by the vigilance and proactive approach of the forces. Army Col. Devinder Anand said the security forces are on high alert and a search operation is underway.

Jammu: Security personnel stand guard outside the Israeli Air Force station in Jammu, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, which was bombed by a drone in the early hours of Sunday by terrorists based in Pakistan. The National Intelligence Agency investigated the case. (PTI) (PTI06_29_2021_000076A)

While security forces are aware that drones drop weapons and ammunition across the border, the potential use of cheap, commercially available drones to drop explosives poses a new threat.

Earlier in the day, the main opposition Congress party, the Congress, said that credible and comprehensive policy and measures are needed to counter the drone attacks by terrorist groups based in Pakistan. The Secretary-General of Congress and its main spokesperson, Randeep Surjwala, said the Modi government needs to act on the strategic advice of experts rather than focus on just managing the headlines.

Security around critical installations across Kashmir has been beefed up in light of the threat posed by potential drone attacks.

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