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Jammu: Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Y K Joshi on Wednesday assured full support to former servicemen and war widows as extended by them during the COVID-19 pandemic.The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command (GOC-in-C) interacted with Veer Naris’ and veterans after laying wreath to ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ (victory flame) and paying tributes to the fallen heroes at the Warrior’s Grove War Memorial, Crossed Swords Division, at Akhnoor as part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations here.The victory flame was lit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the eternal flame of the National War Memorial in Delhi on December 16 last year in the memory of India’s victory in the 1971 war and is traversing across the nation to observe the 50th anniversary of the victory.Joshi, accompanied by Lieutenant General M V Suchindra Kumar, General Officer Commanding of White Knight Corps, was briefed on the saga and valour of gallant soldiers of Indian Armed Forces during 1971 Indo-Pak War. A documentary on the war was screened for the audience, a defence spokesman said.
JAMMU: Akhnoor region had witnessed some of the most fiercely fought battles of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, where our gallant soldiers braved all odds and defeated Pakistani forces. Over 93,000 Pakistani soldiers under command of Lt Gen AAK Niazi surrendered unconditionally, laying down arms to the Indian Armed Forces and a declaration of the cease-fire was brought into force ending the thirteen days Indo-Pak War resulting in the liberation of East Pakistan and the creation of the sovereign nation of Bangladesh.For Col Varinder Kumar, VrC (Retd), it is hard to believe that it has been 50 years since he fought the Battle of Laleali at Akhnoor Sector under Crossed Swords Division. He recollected the events as though it was yesterday. Varinder Kumar was then a Major, posted with his parent unit, 8 Jammu & Kashmir Militia, as Charlie Company Commander entrusted with the defense of Laleali in Akhnoor sector. The war commenced on December 3, 1971 with Pakistan Airforce raiding on Indian airfields. On the same day artillery shells rained on Laleali. A forward post of Charlie Company, 8 Jammu & Kashmir Militia was captured by the enemy in the initial days of the war. On December 5, 1971 Maj Varinder Kumar with his troops launched a daring counter attack to evict the enemy and recapture the strategic post. The enemy was caught by surprise as they had not expected such a daring and audacious attack. Col Varinder Kumar, VrC (Retd) recollects the battle in every detail: “I saw a well-built Pathan, an officer of Pakistan army, launching an attack on our troops with a machine gun. I reached him from the rear and tried to shoot him with my carbine gun, but it stuck and could not fire. In the meantime, the officer fired upon one of our soldiers.” After his gun got stuck, Maj Varinder Kumar engaged in a hand to hand combat and killed the officer with a bayonet. The Pakistani officer was later identified as Maj Farook Ali, a 1965 Indo Pak war gallantry awardee. Though, outnumbered our troops fought valiantly and eliminated all enemy troops. Multiple attacks were launched by the enemy to capture the post which were all repulsed back.After the war, Col Varinder Kumar, VrC (Retd) had written a citation recounting the bravery of Major Farook Ali. Both were brave and honorable soldiers fighting for their paltan, flag and country. The veteran is wrinkled and battered with time and age, but his eyes sparkle with pride radiating an aura that exudes honor and serenity. This is a man who faced fearful odds, protecting the temples of his Gods and ashes of his ancestors. A veteran does not have the physical strength he once had but is strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield to any adversity. The moment become special and emotional when Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, a Vir Chakra awardee of Kargil War felicitated Col Varinder Singh, VrC (Retd) of 1971 war. More interestingly, Lt Gen YK Joshi was the company commander of the same Laleali company after 20 years of its recapture by Col Varinder Singh, VrC (Retd) and his company.
The General officer felicitated ‘Veer Naris’ and war heroes at Akhnoor, he said.The GOC-in-C, a war hero and Vir Chakra awardee, appreciated the veterans for their invaluable services for the motherland, the spokesman said, adding he also expressed deep gratitude for the sacrifices of the Veer Naris.The Northern Commander acknowledged the contributions of the populace of Jammu and Kashmir, who played a pivotal role during various operations, the spokesman said.Joshi assured Veer Naris and veterans for full support at all times as was extended during Covid pandemic.He motivated them to take maximum benefits from the facilities rendered by the Army at their doorstep including Covid Care Facilities, Covid vaccination, Covid preventive measures and government schemes, the spokesman said.
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