Friday, 16 December 2011


UDHAMPUR: The 40th Anniversary of “Vijay Diwas” was celebrated on 16 Dec 2011 in  Northern Command with traditional enthusiasm. A large number of service personnel participated in the celebrations and paid homage to the   men-in-uniform who sacrificed their lives while defending the motherland during the Indo Pak War of 1971.

The Indian Armed Forces celebrate 16 December each year as VIJAY DIWAS to commemorate their historic victory over the Pakistani Forces. The swift multi pronged operations professionally planned and executed by the Indian Armed Forces led to one of the greatest military victories recorded in the annals of history.

It was on this day, that the largest military surrender after World War II took place at Dhaka when the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora accepted the surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops from Lt Gen AAK Niazi of the Pakistan Army.  This historic victory signifies a unique and unparalleled feat wherein our forces fought selflessly for a just and noble cause; the liberation of the people, and creation of a sovereign independent Bangladesh.

Northern Command commemorated the occasion with a wreath-laying ceremony at Dhurva War Memorial by Lt Gen BS Pama, SM, Chief of Staff Northern Command.  The ceremony was attended by senior retired
officers, besides other serving personnel, civilian dignitaries and ex-servicemen. The Chief of Staff highlighted the role of the fore bearers in achieving major military victories in the Partapur, Kargil, Tangdhar, Poonch and Shakargarh areas in the northern theatre in the 1971 war.  

He conveyed his greetings and best wishes to all ranks of the Army, ex-servicemen, civilians and their families.  He said that this glorious day in the annals of history of the Indian Army was made possible due to the supreme sacrifice of our valiant soldiers during
the 1971 Indo-Pak War.  The Indian Army changed the course of history with its undeterred courage, dedication and professionalism, bringing glory and honour to the Nation. The Army on this day pledged once
again, to uphold the sacred values of our Republic, and to serve the motherland with courage, loyalty and utmost dedication, even at the cost of their lives.

The Indian Army continues to be actively engaged in combating external and internal threats to the integrity of the Nation.  The Chief of Staff complimented all those deployed in Northern Command for their immense contribution in combating terrorism.

On the occasion of Vijay Diwas, a tea was organised with the veterans at the Bikram Park, which was also attended by all ranks of HQ Northern Command.  A medical treatment camp was also organised at the venue by Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.  Stalls of Army Placement Node and Director Recruiting North Zone were established at the for guidance of the ex-servicemen.  Later, a special lunch for
troops was arranged at the unit locations in the entire command.

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