MENDHAR: As a prescursor, the Indian Army celebrated 20 yrs of Kargil War (OP Vijay) in Harni and Balakote block, Tehsil-Mendahr, District-Poonch under the aegis of HQ CIF (R) wef 22 Jul to 26 Jul 2019 which included presentation on Op Vijay and Kargil War, debate competition, Run for Fun, talks by veterans and felicitation of veterans.

Celebration of 20 yrs of Kargil War (OP Vijay) was an effort to instill pride in the Nation as it is the day when Indian Army won the war against Pakistan at Kargil. It is a day to remember the martyrs, rejoice in their sacrifices and strengthen the resolve of the armed forces to the cause of the nation.
Celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas witnessed great enthusiasm & patriotism amongst the local youths. The large participation by all age groups is a living testimony to the sacrifice made by the Indian Army. The week long celebration culminated in a Run for Fun conducted by the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion at Govt High Secondary School, Harni in which a number of civil digniteries like DSP CID, Block Medical Officer, Mendhar, SHO Police station, Gursai, Naib Tehsildar & Sarpnaches and veterans of all nearby villages including Hony Capt Iqbal Khan who also interacted with the students regarding his experiance of Op Vijay participated.

Celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas generated a lot of enthusiasm amongst the youths that was apparent from the overwhelming number of locals who attended it. Celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas was another milestone achieved in “Winning the Hearts and Minds” of people and a spectacular example of civ-mil cooperation.

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