Srinagar- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said Pakistan is continuously trying to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir through its approach of bleeding India with a thousand cuts, but warned that a befitting reply will be given if an attempt is made to hurt the unity and integrity of the nation.
Our neighbour has always resorted to anti-India activities. The state also witnessed militant activities in the past. Pakistan continuously tries to disturb peace in the country through its approach of bleed India with a thousand cuts, Singh said while addressing security forces in Baramulla district.
The defence minister arrived here on a two-day visit to review the security situation in the Union territory.
Singh, however, assured the nation that if an attempt is ever made to hurt the unity and integrity of the country, the armed forces will give a befitting reply.
Lauding the security forces, he said there has been a significant decline in the number of militant activities in J&K recently due to the relentless efforts of the personnel of armed forces, BSF, CRPF and J&K Police.
Our security forces are such a protective shield for this country that whoever tries to break it, bleeds himself. The nation has immense faith in our forces who are always ready to deal with any situation, Singh added.
The defence minister also visited the forward areas and took stock of the security situation along the border.
Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) Northern Command Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, GoC 15 Corps Lt Gen AS Aujla and GoC 19 Infantry Division Maj Gen Ajay Chandpuria accompanied the minister and briefed him about the operational preparedness of the armed forces, an official spokesman said.
Singh commended the security forces for fulfilling their responsibilities efficiently even in challenging situations, describing their valour and zeal as remarkable.
He lauded the security personnel for serving the country with indomitable courage and dedication and instilling the sense of national pride in the people, especially the youth.
Reiterating that India is a peace-loving country which has given the message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one family) to the world, Singh asserted that we have never tried to hurt any country in any way, nor have we tried to capture even an inch of anyone’s land .
He exuded confidence that the armed forces will face the future challenges with full strength and their valour and dedication to build a golden future of the country.
The defence minister is scheduled to visit the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering & Winter Sports at Pahalgam in south Kashmir on Friday. He is likely to be briefed about the counter-terrorism operations in south Kashmir belt as well during his visit.
Pays Tributes To ‘Heroes Of Galwan’
Singh paid tributes to the Army personnel killed in the Galwan Valley clashes two years back that marked the most serious military conflict between India and China in decades.
“Remembering the heroes of Galwan who fought valiantly for the honour of the country and laid down their lives on June 15-16, 2020. Their courage, bravery and supreme sacrifice will never be forgotten. I pay homage to those bravehearts,” the defence minister tweeted.
The eastern Ladakh border standoff escalated significantly following the Galwan Valley clashes in which 20 Indian Army personnel laid down their lives.
In February last year, China officially acknowledged that five Chinese military officers and soldiers were killed in the clashes though it is widely believed that the death toll on the Chinese side was much higher.
Colonel Bikumalla Santosh Babu, the commanding officer of the 16 Bihar regiment, had led from the front against the Chinese aggression near Patrolling Point 14 in Galwan Valley.
In November last year, he was posthumously awarded Mahavir Chakra, the second-highest military award for acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy.
Months after the deadly confrontation, the Army built a memorial for the ‘Gallants of Galwan’ at Post 120 in eastern Ladakh.
The memorial mentioned their heroics under operation ‘Snow Leopard’ and the way they evicted the PLA troops from the area while inflicting “heavy casualties” on them.
The names of the 20 Army personnel were also inscribed on the National War Memorial in Delhi in January last year.
The eastern Ladakh border standoff between India and China began in early May of 2020.
As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year in the north and south banks of the Pangong lake and in the Gogra area.
Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the sensitive sector.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.