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Narendra Modi visits Leh and Kargil: Slams Pakistan for proxy war
Ruchi Verma | 12 Aug 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Leh and afterward Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir to inaugurate power projects in the state. During his visit he also met Army and IAF personnel.

PM Modi during his day long visit inaugurated two hydro-power projects and laid a foundation stone of the 349-km Leh-Srinagar transmission line. Modi was accompanied by Union power minister Piyush Goyal and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

While addressing Army and Air Force personnel in Leh the PM said that neighbouring country (Pakistan) has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in proxy war of terrorism. He condemned the continued proxy war by Pakistan against India.

He also said that because of terrorism Indian military is suffering more casualties than war. He recalled the Kargil war and said the armed forces deployed in border areas are well-connected with the people who live there. And he highlighted the example of Kargil infiltration, about which first information was given to our armed forces by a shepherd named Tashi Namgyal.

Modi's visit to the two high-altitude Himalayan towns- his second to Jammu and Kashmir after assuming office- is expected to touch on demands of locals in Leh and Kargil such as employment generation and an assurance that issues like opening of Mansarovar road from Leh and re-opening of Kargil-Skardu road would be taken up with China and Pakistan respectively.

The Prime Minister spoke of the provisions made in the Union Budget towards modernization and welfare of the armed forces, including 'One Rank One Pension'. He also promised that the National War Memorial would be built and would inspire future generations of India, as reported by TOI.