March 2005 News

Halt In '47, LoC Road Political Victory, Says Governor

27 March 2005
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Describing the decision to open the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road as a strategic victory, J-K Governor Lt-Gen (retd) S.K. Sinha today said 'what we couldn't achieve militarily in 1947 was today achieved politically and in a friendly manner'. Sinha was speaking to reporters after inaugurating a photo exhibition showcasing the Army's rescue and relief operations, especially during the snowfall and landslides. Sinha, who was an Army officer in 1947, recalled the trek to the road and back: 'We were for the opening of the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad road in 1947. Unfortunately, it was a political decision by the then Prime Minister that stopped us from moving beyond Uri.' 'At that time, Indian troops were headed by an English officer and I was a junior officer in the Army. That day, we marched upto Uri and were heading towards Muzaffarabad. Instead, we were stopped and directed by the then Prime Minister to rescue Poonch first and not to move beyond that point. The Governor, however, added: 'What we couldn't achieve militarily then, today, we have achieved politically and by friendly ways.'

 

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