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Kalam visits Kargil
Promises latest weapons to soldiers

Kargil, December 8
On his first visit to Kargil, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today appreciated the role played by the jawans in the area close to the Line of Control and said the government was acquiring latest weapons and equipment for use in border areas like this.

“By protecting our borders, you have allowed us to focus on developmental works in the country,” the President said, addressing the Army’s 14 corps here during a one-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Kalam sought to boost the morale of the troops saying “you are here on an important mission and you have been entrusted with ensuring the security of the nation.”

“I want to assure you that you live in every Indian heart,” the President said, adding that the government was acquiring latest weapons and equipment for the Army, especially in border areas like Kargil.

“I congratulate you for the victory in Kargil which is a reflection of courage and bravery. Kargil is an important part of our country and I am proud of your morale and deeds,” he said.

In his now-famous style, the President administered a five-point oath to the jawans at the function besides reciting a poem ‘O Seema Kay Prahri (O Defender of the Border)’ he has written as a tribute to the security personnel.

Later, he told reporters that peace of a nation comes when its armed forces are strong. “Our forces, especially the Army, are very tough, mentally as well as physically.”

Mr Kalam asked the jawans to repeat after him:

‘I am proud that I am member of the Indian Army which has a great tradition.’

‘I will always achieve victory and take my nation towards victory.’

‘I will be a model citizen and in case need arises, I will extend all help and assistance to my countrymen.’

‘I will celebrate with pride the victories of my nation and countrymen.

‘My flag is my life.’

The President was accompanied by the Army chief, Gen N.C. Vij and the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt-Gen Hari Prasad.

The General Officer Commanding of Ladakh-based 14 corps Lt -Gen M.L. Naidu, received the dignitaries at the helipad here.

The President presented a memento to Lt-Gen Naidu and distributed gifts to the jawans before flying to Srinagar. — PTI 

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