SRINAGAR: During a ‘Veterans Sampark’ rally held in the outskirts of the city, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi, the Northern Army Commander, stated that the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with China has remained stable in terms of the current situation, while the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir continues. The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC) of the Northern Command, which is based in Udhampur, added that discussions have taken place at various levels to maintain the Status Quo with China on the LAC.
“The ceasefire on the borders is ongoing,” said the Army Commander, who also reported that “our units have successfully thwarted some infiltration attempts.” Regarding the situation in the hinterland, he stated that “it is largely under control,” and that “our CI/CT Grid is fully functioning with civil administration” as they work to “completely halt such incidents.”
During a rally held to honour ex-servicemen, several commanding officers including the Army Commander, Colonel of JAK RIF and Ladakh Scouts, praised Major General Govardhan Singh Jamwal (Retd), Brig Gurmeet Singh Shan, Director Sainik Welfare Dept, J&K, Brig SK Goswami, Commander 92 Inf Bde, and Brig Rajesh Sharma, Commandant JAK RIF Regimental Center. They acknowledged the sacrifices made by these heroes and stated that “we owe a debt to the heroes of this country, which can never be repaid, but the nation will always express gratitude and respect towards them.”
The Army Commander spoke about the history of JAK RIF, mentioning that the regiment was established in 1820 under the leadership of Maharaja Gulab Singh and has participated in every war since then, displaying great valor and sacrifice. He also highlighted the bravery of the regiment in the Hussainiwala Operation of 4 JAK RIF and the role it played in conquering areas like Tibet, Gilgit, Yasin, Darel, Hunza, Nagar, Chilas, and Chitral under the leadership of General Zorawar Singh.
Lt Gen Dwivedi, who took over as the Colonel of the Regiment of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and Ladakh Scouts in February 2022, explained that the purpose of the rally was to provide support and assistance to ex-servicemen, war veterans, Veer Naris, and next of kins of fallen heroes from Jammu district of Jammu and Kashmir belonging to the Regiment. He added that they aim to solve their problems related to pensions and provide medical help from experts.
Regarding the Agniveers, Lt Gen Dwivedi stated that he was sure that after being associated with the regiment, some of them would join in an unbreakable bond. The ‘Veterans Sampark Rally’ was attended by over 800 ex-servicemen, war veterans, Veer Naris, and next of kins of fallen heroes from Jammu district of Jammu and Kashmir belonging to the Regiment. (KNO)