Republic travelled to Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday and witnessed the Indian Armed forces celebrate Diwali. Locals in the region were invited to be a part of the celebration. When Republic talked to one such J&K resident present there, he expressed his delight in interacting with the security forces. Furthermore, he remarked that the soldiers would also celebrate Eid with them.
The local person said,” I feel very nice to spend the Diwali with the forces. I am feeling very nice. They will also celebrate Eid with us.”
On the occasion, a soldier sang a song dedicated to the soldiers. Thereafter, they danced to the tune of that song. Also, a video of the forces offering their prayers was accessed by Republic.
On Tuesday, October 22, Republic accessed an exclusive video of the Indian Army destroying live 120mm artillery shells fired by Pakistan, which has been continuously violating the Line of Control in the Mendhar sector of the Poonch district. The video shows soldiers risking their own lives and taking the unexploded shells to a safe distance and defusing them. Thus, the Army successfully foiled Pakistan’s conspiracy to target civilians along the border.
Furthermore, the Army also destroyed terror launch pads in Neelum Valley in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir a few days ago. The Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat confirmed the death of 6 to 10 Pakistani soldiers and an equal number of terrorists. As per sources, the Army used artillery guns to target the terrorist camps which have allegedly been trying to push terrorists into Indian territory. This attack was launched after Pakistan violated the ceasefire in the Tangdhar sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district. At least two Indian Army soldiers and one civilian were killed as a result of Pakistan’s unprovoked aggression.