Prez Kovind in Srinagar, Reviews Security Situation

Chairs Unified High Command Meet, Pays Tribute to Fallen Soldiers on Vijay Diwas

Srinagar: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday interacted with members of the Unified Headquarters in Srinagar and senior military commanders briefed him about the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Kovind, who is on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, interacted with the members of the unified headquarters (UHO) — a security grid maintaining vigil along the Line of Control (LoC) and looking after the internal security in J&K at Raj Bhavan here, they said.

The officials said the President was briefed about the situation along the LoC, especially in the wake of the ceasefire between India and Pakistan, which the armies of the two countries agreed upon in February this year.

Kovind was also briefed by the officials about the counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Northern Army Commander, General officer Commanding 15 Corps, Chief Secretary A K Mehta, Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, heads of CRPF, BSF and various intelligence agencies in Kashmir attended the interaction with the President, the officials said.

They said the meeting lasted for nearly 90 minutes.

Attends Vijay Diwas at Baramulla

President Kovind visited the Dagger War Memorial in Baramulla and paid tributes to those soldiers who laid down their lives on Kargil heights during conflict with Pakistan in 1999.

President later said the event evokes profound respect for the brave fighters who laid down their lives for the safety and security of the country.

Kovind was scheduled to visit the War Memorial at Drass in Ladakh to pay homage to personnel of the armed forces killed in the 1999 Kargil war, but bad weather forced cancellation of his plans and he instead paid tributes to martyrs on the 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas at Baramulla, officials said.

The president, in a message in the visitor’s book at the Dagger War Memorial, wrote: “The nation salutes the soldiers and officers of the 19th Infantry Division, who have been safeguarding our borders in the most hostile terrains under adverse weather conditions as our frontline troops.”

They have scripted exceptional stories of indomitable courage, bravery and sacrifice, he said in his message.

“The Dagger War Memorial evokes profound respect for the brave fighters who laid down their lives for the safety and security of our country. I am sure that this memorial will educate the people of India about the highest values of the Indian army and inspire them. Jai Hind!” he wrote.

The president, who was accompanied by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, also visited the High Altitude Warfare School at Gulmarg and interacted with troops there.

“It has been a pleasure to visit the High Altitude Warfare School at Gulmarg. Established by the great General Thimayya, it has emerged as one of the most premier institutions in the field of warfare,” Kovind wrote in the visitor’s book of training school.

The president said that he was also happy to interact with the soldiers.

“I wish them success in their endeavours to provide safety and security to our country. Jai Hind!” he wrote.

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