Jodhpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC), will attend the Combined Commanders’ Conference and open an Army exhibition in Jodhpur on Friday. (ALSO READ – Two Fresh Videos of Surgical Strike Emerge Ahead of Its Second Anniversary) Also Read - 'Thank You,' Says Netanyahu to 'Dear Friend' Modi as Israel Receives Hydroxychloroquine From India
The Prime Minister is expected to reach Jodhpur in the morning. He will then inaugurate the exhibition, ‘Parakarm Parv’, at Jodhpur Military Station at 9 AM, before participating in the conference at the Jodhpur Air Force Station. Also Read - Centre Sanctions Rs 15,000 Crore Towards COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The conference will also be attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the three services chiefs, besides several key military and civil officials of the Ministry of Defence. Also Read - ‘Fantastic Usage of Technology to Combat Coronavirus’: PM Modi Urges All to Use Aarogya Setu App
It is for the third time that the Commanders’ Conference is being held outside Delhi. After 2015 in Delhi, it was held in 2016 on the Indian Navy warship INS Vikramaditya and at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 2017.
This time, a forward air base on western border has been chosen for the conference owing to the strategic importance and location of the Jodhpur Air Force station, which was the headquarter of the South West Air Command earlier.
“The Prime Minister will first participate in the wreath laying ceremony at Konark War Memorial at 9 am and then inaugurate the ‘Parakram Parv’ and open an exhibition, showcasing the might of the Indian Army and its contribution in nation building, said Defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh. The PM himself will walk through the exhibition after inaugurating it, for its review, Ghosh said.
Considering the security arrangements, a team of the Special Protection Group (SPG), tasked with the prime minister’s “proximate security” has already landed in Jodhpur to take stock of the security measures.
The SPG officials also held meeting with the Army and Air Force officials and inspected the areas in the vicinity of the Military and Air Force stations.
The prime minister will fly back to New Delhi after completion of the conference in the afternoon. No civil program has so far been laid out for him, the official said.
In a retaliatory action following the terror attack at Army camp in Uri sector on September 18 that left 17 security personnel dead, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 on terror launch pads across the LoC killing dozens of militants.
While Islamabad has repeatedly turned down New Delhi’s claims of carrying out surgical strike in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the videos of the late-night and before-dawn retaliatory action by Army’s special forces are ample proof of the operation.
(Inputs from PTI)