SRINAGAR: Lt Gen KT Parnaik, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, arrived on a day’s visit to the Valley. On arrival, the Army Commander was received by Lt Gen SA Hasnain, GOC Chinar Corps who briefed him about the ongoing restoration operations in the Gurez Sector.
Later the Army Commander accompanied by the Corps Commander paid a visit to both the avalanche sites at Dawar and Sonamarg and interacted with troops stationed at these locations. He complimented the troops for performing their duties with dedication, professionalism and utmost sincerity.
“It is commendable that despite all difficulties you have maintained high morale” the Army Commander said. The Army Commander also honoured 12 brave officers and other ranks with “GOC-in-C, Northern Command Commendation card” for keeping “Service before self” while conducting search and rescue operations and saving precious lives of their comrades during the unfortunate tragedy.
He took stock of the situation at both the places and appreciated the rescue efforts put in by the local units and assistance provided by the Civil Administration. The Army Commander expressed his deep condolences to families of the brave soldiers who laid down their life in the service of the Nation and assured them that in their hour of grief , all assistance shall be provided to them. The Army Commander left for Udhampur in the evening.