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Manohar Parrikar on two-day Kashmir visit from today, first since Army’s surgical strikes

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar is scheduled to embark on a two-day visit to Kashmir, starting today.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 02, 2016 12:41 IST ]
File photo - Manohar Parrikar
File photo - Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar is scheduled to embark on a two-day visit to Kashmir, starting today. 

According to a defence official, Parrikar will visit Uri, where militants had attacked an army camp last month, and also pay homage to the country's first Param Vir Chakra recipient Major Somnath on his 69th death anniversary.

He will later visit Uri Brigade headquarters, the official added.

The Defence Minister will also be briefed by Army officials on the situation along the Line of Control arising due to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the wake of last month's surgical strikes and the anti-militancy operations in the hinterland.

Militants had attacked an army base in Uri on September 18, killing 19 soldiers and injuring several others. The attack led to the army carrying out surgical strikes against militant positions in Pakistan occupied Kashmir on September 29.

Meanwhile, a day after eight civilians were killed and 24 injured in Pakistan targeting of civilian facilities, an uneasy calm prevailed on the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu.

Eerie silence ruled the villages close to the IB in Ramgarh, RS Pura, Hira Nagar and other sectors in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts during the night as guns fell silent on both sides.

Firing was also not reported from the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district on Wednesday.

The Defence Minister will join senior army officers and other ranks in paying tribute to Major Somnath near the Srinagar Airport in Budgam district, the official said.

Major Somnath was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honour. He was awarded the medal posthumously for his bravery in the Kashmir operations in November 1947.

He laid down his life while evicting Pakistani raiders from Srinagar Airport during the war with Pakistan in 1947-48 in Kashmir. He belonged to the 4th Kumaon Regiment.

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