Chandigarh, Sep 28 (PTI) Special events were organised by the Army and the IAF in Punjab and Haryana on Friday showcasing the valour and sacrifice of the armed forces, as part of three-day nationwide ‘Prakram Parv’ to mark the second anniversary of the 2016 ‘surgical strikes’. Also Read - 69-year-old Woman Dies of Coronavirus in Punjab, Death Toll in State Climbs to 6

On September 29, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month. Also Read - Coronavirus: Two Days After Padma Shri Awardee's Demise, Daughter Also Tests Positive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday inaugurated ‘Parakram Parv’ exhibition at the military station in Jodhpur to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced last week that various events will be held from September 28 to 30 to commemorate the valour of soldiers. Also Read - Wives of Cops in Punjab Prepare and Distribute 800 Masks and 33,000 Ration Packets

Special events like movies on the life of soldiers at the LoC, exhibitions, equipment and weapons display and live training activities of mechanised forces, military band display, special outreach/cultural programmes were organised on Friday at all important military stations and cantonments in Punjab and Haryana, , an official release said.

In Jalandhar, a number of programmes spread over two days started on Friday. Lt General Dushyant Singh, the commander of 11 corps, inaugurated the event.

He said such events give this a message to the society that progress and development is ensured if borders are fully secure and inspire the youth to join the armed forces.

In Punjab’s Adampur, a function was organised at Air Force Station, which saw huge participation by school children and families of the IAF personnel.

Notably, the Haryana government would hold a state-level function at Jhajjar on Saturday, where Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will be the chief guest.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.