Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attended a Combined Commanders’ conference in Jodhpur on the occasion of the second anniversary of the cross-Line of Control (LoC) “surgical strikes” carried out against militant launch pads in Pakistan.
PM Modi was accorded guard of honour upon his arrival at the Jodhpur airport.
He also visited the Konark War Memorial where he laid a wreath and signed the visitors’ book.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated Parakram Parv exhibition at the military station marking the second anniversary of the surgical strikes.
Soon after his arrival at the Battle Axe Ground at the military station, the prime minister first signed a message paying homage to martyrs and took a round of the exhibition, showcasing combat capabilities of the Indian Army.
The prime minister also paid floral tributes to martyrs at the Konark War Memorial here.
Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
The Indian Army conducted surgical strikes (on the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016) which had strategic ramifications and were aimed to “dissuade inimical adversary from adopting the path of violence and to ensure an environment of peace for the nation”.
The government has decided to observe the attacks as “Parakram Parv”, commemorating the valour and sacrifice of the armed forces, on the anniversary.
In New Delhi, a three-day main event from Friday to Sunday will be organised at the India Gate lawns besides similar events at 53 locations in 51 cities across the country to “highlight the valour of the Indian Armed Forces in general and special forces in particular”.
(With agency inputs)