New Delhi: The Government will celebrate the second anniversary of the cross-border surgical strike, commemorating it as ‘Parakram Parv’. The three-day event starting today will continue till September 30 and will be celebrated throughout the country. Also Read - China Building Makeshift Hospital For Pakistan to Treat Coronavirus Patients
The event will commence at India Gate in the national capital at 6.30 PM on Friday. Movies and photographs depicting the valour and courage of the armed forces will be on display. Huge canvas and digital signing walls for sending messages to the soldiers will also be put up so that the common man can interact with them. Letters of school children addressing soldiers will also be put on display. Also Read - Coronavirus: In Letter to UNSC, Pakistan Highlights 'Dire Human Rights Situation' in Jammu And Kashmir
The event will be open from 11 AM to 10 PM on Saturday and Sunday as well. People paying a visit to the India Gate will get to see the weapons recovered from terrorists which have been brought from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). “The public will be encouraged to take selfies at all venues, including India Gate, and post them on the social networking sites with the hashtag ‘Parakram Parv‘,” an Army official said. Also Read - COVID-19: Pakistan Says Situation Under Control as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 1,526
Military equipment such as artillery guns and small arms will also be on display. Besides the military band, a few renowned singers will also perform at the event. The UGC has also directed universities and higher education institutions across the country to observe September 29 as Surgical Strike Day.
The Indian Navy has also planned a two-day event which will start tomorrow in Mumbai and Goa, said an official. The event will take place in the Ballard Pier Cruiser Wharf at Naval Dockyard here under Western Naval Command, will have exhibition stalls and video walls, the Navy official said. The entry for the event venue will be from Tiger Gate, the official informed.
“The events will showcase the gallant action of the Army in carrying out the surgical strike on September 29, 2016, and will also remember the sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the Uri incident,” the official said.
PM Modi will attend the Combined Commanders’ Conference here on Friday and open an Army exhibition, marking the second anniversary of the surgical strike across the LoC. 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. Defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh said, “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.
The Army had carried out surgical strikes on the night of September 28-29, 2016 in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists.