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Rajnath Singh honours 1971 war heroes in Guwahati, backs reducing AFSPA’s ambit

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited Guwahati to attend an award ceremony to honour the war heroes of the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Addressing a gathering during the event,

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited Guwahati to attend an award ceremony to honour the war heroes of the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

Addressing a gathering during the event, the defence minister said that the Army itself does not want enforcements of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in this part of the country.

However, if situation in certain areas are not conducive implementing AFSPA becomes the last option, Rajnath Singh added.

He further hinted that if situation improves then AFSPA might be withdrawn from Jammu Kashmir.

Giving out a strong message to terror groups, Singh stated that anyone who dares to harm the country will not be spared and India would not shy away from striking the enemy even outside the country’s boundaries if the situation demands.

According to the Raksha Mantri India has the strength and capability to fight the militancy inside its own territory and is also capable of ending the foreign-sponsored militancy by crossing the border.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also indicated that infra push will continue in the border areas of Arunachal.

In his speech at the award ceremony, Singh highlighted points about various initiatives for strengthening the international border of the northeastern region.

He informed that the defence ministry has been working to give high priority in this sector of strengthening international border security along with the Arunachal Pradesh and China border.

Singh also paid rich tributes to the heroes of 1971 war from Assam. Over 100 war veterans were also honoured on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while attending the award ceremony informed that 50 lakhs will be given to the families of the soldiers who sacrificed for the nation. One member of the family will also get a government job informed the CM.

First Published: 23rd April, 2022 19:11 IST



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