Tuesday, 10 January 2012


UDHAMPUR: Lieutenant General KT Parnaik, UYSM, YSM, GOC-in-C Northern Command accompanied by Mrs Anagha Parnaik, Regional President, Family Welfare Organisation (FWO) Northern Command paid a two day visit to White Knight Corps wef 09-10 Jan 2012. 

The Army Commander and Regional President FWO were received by Lt Gen AS Nandal, AVSM, SM,GOC White Knight Corps and Mrs Madhu Nandal. Chairperson, White Knight Family Welfare Organisation. The General visited the troops deployed on the Line of Control and in the hinterland of Jammu Region.

The itinerary commenced with visit to forward posts in Akhnoor Sector.  The Army Commander later visited Nangi Tekri in Poonch Sector, which has been in news for some time due to ceasefire violations from across the LC. The GOC-in-C reviewed defence preparedness and the ongoing counter infiltration operations in both sectors.  He also interacted with troops and complimented them for their steadfastness in
maintaining the sanctity of the LC.  The General paid rich tributes to the resoluteness of the soldiers who foiled all attempts of infiltration in 2011.

While addressing them, General Parnaik said, “Troops deployed on the LC have an onerous task which demands highest degree of alertness and determination. Jawans have time and again lived up to the expections of the nation in spite of daunting challenges. However, the fact that numerous infiltration attempts have been foiled successfully should not lull us into complacency”. He exhorted them to continue strict vigil so as to defeat the nefarious designs of inimical forces perpetrating proxy war in J&K.

The Army Commander thereafter visited HQ Counter Insurgency Forces Uniform and Romeo at Reasi and Maniyarwala respectively. During the visit the GOC-in-C was briefed on deployment South of Pir Panjal Ranges. While reviewing the counter terrorist operations General Parnaik said, “The relentless hard work of the security forces has kept terrorists on the run.
As their numbers have dwindled and leadership has been eliminated to a great extent, the operations are now entering a more difficult phase. It demands excellent synergy among all security forces, intelligence agencies and the civil administration”. The Army Commander expressed the hope that units would continue their people friendly operations and with the support of Awaam they would soon be able to deal a final blow to terrorism in the State. 

The Army Commander also conveyed his best wishes for the soldiers and their families for the New Year.  Mrs Anagha Parnaik reviewed the welfare measures being undertaken for the families of soldiers. Accompanied by Mrs Madhu Nandal, she visited Military Hospital in Jammu to meet the patients undergoing treatment. Later, she visited Army Goodwill Public School in Rajauri, where she interacted with school children from remote and under developed areas.  

While visiting the laboratory and library facilities in the school, she complimented the school staff on achieving an excellent result in the secondary board exams, which was well beyond the average result in the state. She exhorted the school staff to continue improving standards as education is the key to removal of all ills from the society. Lieutenant General and Mrs Parnaik returned to Udhampur late in the afternoon today.

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