Amid the ongoing developments in Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 575 Kashmir youth joined the Indian Army's Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) Battalion on Saturday. They joined the Indian Army with the aim to fight for the nation. Following their induction into the force, a passing out parade took place at the Bana Singh Parade Ground of Jammu-Kashmir Light Infantry. The passing out parade of the newly-joined Kashmir youth soldiers was reviewed by Lieutenant General Ashwani Kumar.
Speaking to reporters, Lieutenant General Kumar emphasised on the importance of regiment and said that JKLI regiment has always been closely connected to Kashmir as it was primarily composed of the locals from the area. He also said that the passing parade of the Kashmir youth who joined on Saturday was no less than the parades of the officer training academies. The parade was witnessed by the parents and other family members of the young men who joined the army, along with an array of civil and military dignitaries.
LG Ashwani Kumar interacted with the parents of the soldiers and said that he saw the passion to serve the nation in them. Waseem Ahmed Mir, one of the residents of Srinagar who joined along with other young soldiers, expressed happiness over joining the Indian Army.
"I'm very happy, my parents are feeling proud. We get to learn a lot in the Army, both physically & mentally. My father was in Army too, his uniform inspired me to join the forces," Mir said speaking to news agency ANI.
Earlier in July, more than 5366 Kashmir youth participated in the recruitment rally of the Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. The recruitment rally covered all the districts, and 5366 youth participated in the programme. Speaking to media, one of the participants said that it was his dream to join the Indian Army. Jagdeep Dahiya, DDG at the recruiting Headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir said that they received an overwhelming response.
(With agency inputs)