Wednesday, 29 February 2012


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.

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