Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Kargil heroes at war memorial in Dras

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Kargil heroes at war memorial in Dras (Twitter Photo)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Kargil heroes at war memorial in Dras (Twitter Photo)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the Kashmir issue will be resolved and no power on the earth can stop it.

Singh said Kashmir is in his heart and the government wants it to become not only paradise of India but tourist paradise of the world.

The defence minister earlier paid tributes to the soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil War at a memorial in Jammu and Kashmir’s Dras sector as the nation commemorated the 20th anniversary of ‘Operation Vijay’.

He also inaugurated two bridges built by the Border Roads Organisation at Ujh in Kathua and Basantar in Samba district.

The bridge over the Ujh river in Kathua was constructed at a cost of Rs 50 crore. It is the longest bridge constructed by BRO so far.

In Kathua, he said, “Kashmir ki samasya ka hal ho key raheyga, duniya ki koi taqat nahi rook shakti hai (Resolution of Kashmir issue is bound to happen and no power on earth can stop it).”

“If not through talks, then we know-how,” Singh said.

Singh maintained that he has made repeated appeals as a home minister asking “so-called leaders” for talks to resolve the issue.

Singh was the Union Home Minister in the previous government.

“We want speedy development and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid a wreath at the Kargil War Memorial in Dras today to commemorate 20 years of the Indian Army’s Operation Vijay.

Rajnath Singh also reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control in the Valley.

The Defence Minister laid the wreath at the Kargil War Memorial in Dras on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay that was against the intrusion by militias as well as regular troops of Pakistan in the Kargil sector in Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said.

“Brave soldiers of the Indian Army had overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, hostile terrain, weather, and a determined enemy occupying dominating heights, to win the Kargil War with the help of the Indian Air Force, which gave air support to the Army,” the ministry said.

Operation Vijay refers to the Indian Army’s limited war against Pakistan’s infiltration in 1999 fought at the icy heights of Kargil, including super-high altitude locations such as Tololing and Tiger Hill.

The Defence Minister on July 14 handed over the flame to ace army shooter Subedar Jitu Rai, who represented India as the first torchbearer at the NWM here.

The Victory Flame was carried by the Indian Army’s outstanding sportsmen and war heroes from Delhi to Dras.

It passed through nine major towns or cities of north India and finally culminate at the Karambhoomi of the martyrs at the Kargil War Memorial at Dras on July 26, where it was received by the Army chief.

All along the journey, Indian Army personnel paid homage to the heroes who fought valiantly for the nation at the icy heights of Kargil in 1999.

The Victory Flame and the journey of the eternal flame from the National War Memorial to the Kargil War Memorial brings alive the theme of the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas – ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’.

The Defence Minister was also accompanied by Minister of State, in PMO, Jitendra Singh and Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat.

(PTI)