Jammu: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Uri and other forward areas along India’s border in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, his first visit since the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh will accompany Parrikar on his trip, which also comes amid heavy firing and ceasefire violation by Pakistan, in which a number of Indian soldiers and civilians have died.
Parrikar is scheduled to visit LoC posts and take stock of the situation, which has remained tense since the attack on the Army camp in Uri, followed by India’s retaliatory surgical strikes on terror pads in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
At least eight civilians were killed and 24 others injured on Tuesday in Pakistani firing on villages close to the International Border in Ramgarh, RS Pura, Hira Nagar and other sectors in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts.
Border Security Force officials said their counter offensive destroyed all 14 outposts of Pakistan from where shelling and firing on civilian areas were carried out.
Parrikar will also join senior army officers and other ranks in paying tribute to Major Somnath near the Srinagar airport in Budgam district. Major Somnath was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honour.
Major Somnath 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 the Srinagar airport during the war with Pakistan in 1947-48. He belonged to the 4th Kumaon Regiment.