Nowshera (Jammu & Kashmir): PM Modi wishes Diwali to troops in forward posts

JAMMU & KASHMIR: Keeping up with his practice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today landed at Nowshera sector in J&K to meet and greet Indian soldiers, on the occasion of Diwali.

He said that “Every citizen will wish you by lighting ‘diyas’. It’s because of you that 130 crore Indians can sleep peacefully. It is because of you there is happiness during festivals”. He added that “I wanted to spend Diwali with family members, so I joined you on the festival.”

The Prime Minister also stressed on the need to enhance India’s military capabilities in line with the changing modes of war mechanisms. He noted that modern border infrastructure has been developed to augment connectivity and troop deployment. PM Modi observed that coastal areas and borders earlier lacking normal connectivity, now have better roads and optical fibre connectivity for boosting deployment capabilities as well as various facilities for soldiers. Modi also stated that with his government’s attempts to boost indigenous capabilities, the country’s dependence on imports in the defence sector has come down.

The prime minister was all praises for Indian Army’s role during the surgical strikes by the brigade here in Nowshera. On 29 September, 2016, India had conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in response to a terrorist attack on an army base in the Uri sector of J&K.

Indian soldiers posted in forward areas of Kargil, Ladakh and Siachen also extended hearty wishes to their countrymen. Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers exchanged sweets and Diwali wishes on various international border points including those in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Tripura among others.

Meanwhile Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami along with Governor Gurmeet Singh also celebrated Diwali with the soldiers at Mana East Camp, in Chamoli district today.

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