Srinagar, Dec 16 (KINS): The Army on Wednesday said it celebrated Vijay Diwas in Jammu and Kashmir and paid “homage to soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
The Army in a statement issued to news agency KINS said, “The 49th Anniversary of the Indian victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War was celebrated by Chinar Corps at Badami Bagh Cantonment on 16 December 2020. The Indian Army’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War led to the birth of Bangladesh. In this War, the Indian Army had captured 93,000 prisoners, the maximum number since the end of the Second World War. The Chinar Corps was responsible for the entire erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir during the war and ably supported by the Awaam, gave a sterling account of it in various battles achieving many successes. A solemn wreath laying ceremony was organised at the War Memorial,” the statement reads.
The statement further reads that addressing the gathering on the occasion, Lt Gen BS Raju, Chinar Corps Commander said that the “Army is grateful to the veterans for their services to the Nation. The Chinar Corps Commander said that a victory of such a magnitude would not have been possible without tremendous sacrifice by the soldiers. Their matchless contribution to Nation building is a testimony for future generations to emulate and urge them to continue to positively contribute towards building a vibrant & peaceful Kashmir. The Corps Commander added that UT of J & K is going through a process of change to bring an end to Pakistan sponsored terrorism. Concentrated efforts of the state & the citizens of UT of J & K will soon bring peace & prosperity”.
“He further stated that this year being the Golden Jubilee year, we will be celebrating the Swarnim Vijay Varsh with final culmination on 16 Dec 2021. Many mega events have been planned which will be celebrated across the country and the same will be undertaken in Kashmir also. One of the major event will be the Victory Flame which will pass through key battle areas & other native places of Gallantry Award winners of 1971 war,” the statement added.(KINS)