Panaji, Sep 29 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Saturday congratulated soldiers on the second anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out in 2016 to smash terror camps operating from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Also Read - Hyderabad Encounter: 3 Forensic Doctors of AIIMS to Conduct Second Autopsy of 4 Accused

Parrikar, who is currently in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment, tweeted that such military actions were necessary for national security. Also Read - Unnao Rape Survivor Out of Danger, Shifted to Ward at AIIMS: Report

“There are times when military actions are necessary for national security. The Indian Armed Forces possess strong capabilities to execute missions in tough terrains. I salute our brave soldiers who are always ready to protect the country,” Parrikar tweeted Saturday. Also Read - Delhi court extends interim bail granted to Rajiv Saxena till Feb 25

On September 29, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launchpads across the LoC in retaliation to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month.

The Centre had announced last week that various events will be held from September 28 to 30, as part of Parakram Parv, to commemorate the valour of soldiers.

The state BJP in its executive committee meeting congratulated Parrikar, who was Defence Minister during the strike, for his role in the mission, Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.