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KD Maini
Poonch Brigade, working with the audience of Poonch, celebrates Jammu Poonch Linkup Day on November 22 each year to remember the brave soldiers and natives of Poonch who lost their lives defending the besieged town of Poonch.
This battle of the Poonch sector is also the story of a dedicated brigade commander, S. Pritam Singh, who not only defended the territory but also organized food for the hostages, boosted their morale, their provided work by setting up two local battalions, then fought. with about 10,000 enemies for about a year.
Due to the development of Jammu Poonch Linkup, around 40,000 hostages were relieved and the entire region from Nowshera to Poonch, including Rajouri, Thanamandi, Manjakote, Mendhar, Surankote and Mandi, was freed. Jammu Poonch’s connection was the culmination of the Kashmir War in 1947-48, when the 250 km long strip south of Pir Panchal was snatched by the Indian military from Pakistan-sponsored forces. Pakistani Forces Major General Akber Khan who led Operation Gulmarg against India in 1947 under the code name ‘General Tariq’ wrote in his book ‘The Raiders in Kashmir’ that Poonch linkup was the largest defeat of Pakistan-sponsored forces in 1947-48 in the J&K War.
After the unrest of 1947, the Poonch Brigade has proven to be Poonch’s savior to this day. In 1965, this brigade under the command of Zora Singh with the Uri brigade commanded by Z. Chand Bakshi launched an offensive operation from Uri and Poonch simultaneously and captured the bulge of Uri Poonch, opened the historic route Uri Poonch 49 km away and secured the 538 km² area, including Haji Pir Pass, Neja Pir, Chanjal, Kahuta, Aliabad, Rankari and Ziariat and blocked infiltration routes. Unfortunately, this area was returned to Pakistan after the Tashkant Pact of January 10, 1966.
In the 1971 war, Pakistan launched two brigade attacks around the town of Poonch on December 3, 1971 to capture the town of Poonch. However, after two days of fierce and hand-to-hand fighting around the town of Poonch in Bandi Chachian, Langoor, Bagyal Dara, Shahpur, Qasba, Mantar and other posts, the Poonch Brigade successfully repelled this attack and the enemy withdrew with heavy losses. During this war, a high Nanga Tekri in the heart of the POK was snatched by the Punjab regiment. During the days of activism before the induction of the Romeo force, the Poonch Brigade not only defended the LoC, but fought activism in the area.
After a hiatus of about 10 years from 2003 to 2012, Pakistan resumed firing through the LoC until February 2021. The Poonch Brigade effectively defended the border and assisted residents near the LoC. Currently, while there is a ceasefire at the border, serious attempts are being made by the Poonch Brigade to uplift the residents of the border area by organizing social events and creating economic avenues. Tazeem Akhter, chairman of the Poonch District Development Council, said that “the friendly demeanor of the commander of the Army 93 Infantry Brigade and his mixing with the public in the border area created a very pleasant atmosphere between the army and the Awam of the sector “. Officers and Jawans in the fields are always helpful to the natives near the LOC, they provide medicine to sick people, distribute books and sports equipment in schools, organize social activities and create grassroots developments for the public. . On the other hand, the natives of the border area also cooperate with the Jawans on the LOC as and when they need it ”.
Bearing in mind the needs of the inhabitants of the border villages, the Army Good Will Public School was established in Sawjjian in which children from deserving tribal and poor families are enrolled mainly, where all modern quality education facilities, sports, library, computers, books and uniforms are provided to students. This institution was created at the request of the public in the border area in 2010 and thus 2229 students were educated. Abdul Quyoom Sarpanch Sawjjian-B said that the Good Will School has created an educational environment in this area. Students from poor families of Gagrian, Sawjjian, Uripura, Nehrian, Barari, Chimber, Khet and Dunugam are educated in this school where the best educational facilities are available to them.
During the current year, four medical camps have been organized by 93 infantry brigades in the villages of Bandi chachian, Ajote, Chapprian and Nehrian. In these camps 3370 people participated. They were checked and medicines were provided to 976 patients in these camps. Likewise, veterinary camps in Sawjjian in Mandi block and Shahpur Upper in Nangali Saab Sain Baba Miran block were organized. In these camps, 294 animals were treated and given medication. Mohd Ayoub Upper Shahpur sarpanch while appreciating the army’s goodwill gesture in treating animals, mostly tribal families, said about 700 animals were brought to this camp by farmers from Shahpur and neighboring Dhokes. like Jabri, Brooda, Murri, Kopra and Jabar Thal. About 300 animals were treated and given medication. Dairy animals received injections to increase milk production. Such efforts create a conducive atmosphere and establish good relations between the military and the public in the border area.
The natives of the villages of Ajote, Degwar, Noorkote, Nakarkote, Seklu and Kosslian had represented the commander of the 93rd Infantry Brigade for the supply of water tanks. As a result, 30 of these tanks were provided to families needed for the storage of drinking water. During the current year, a community hall has been built by this brigade. At Tuglu’s request, Nakarkote was handed over to the village committee. Pervez Akhter Sarpanch Noorkote said that there was no such place in the village to hold receptions. Now this community hall has become the center of the locality to organize the social function, weddings and the Gram Sabha.
A number of people residing near the LoC have become disabled as a result of gunfire through the LoC and the Pakistani army’s action against the civilian population in this region. The Poonch Brigade holds an artificial limb adjustment camp for these people every year so that they can become normal to some extent. This year, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of New Delhi, 74 such people have been identified in the artificial limb fitting camp, of which 32 people have been fitted while the rest will be fitted on Linkup Day on November 22. . Among the above beneficiaries, a Mohd Safeer from Dokhri village, praising the efforts of the army, said that when firing through the LoC, he lost his left leg and that due to the installation with an artificial limb, he is now able to walk and live normally. life.
The above facts reveal the extent of cooperation that the 93 Infantry Brigade provides to the natives of the border area in the Poonch sector. The Saviors of Poonch are always committed to helping the public and improving the lives of those residing near the LOC through social, economic and development activities while the attitude of the Patriots towards the military is also appreciable which cooperates with the defense forces until the end of the post and last Bunker. These acts of goodwill between Army and Awam are in the interest of the nation.
Also this year on the occasion of the Linkup day, a number of functions are organized by the army with the participation of the inhabitants of Poonch, including cultural programs, a photography competition, a blood donation camp, a competition. hockey game, dog show and horse show, installation of artificial limbs. camp, wreath laying ceremony at Naman Sthal, interaction of the public and the service man, screening of a documentary on the history of Poonch, brass band, patriotic poems, presentation by Jazz Band and awards ceremony.


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