Srinagar, Oct 26: The Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu complimented all ranks for their contribution and “unflinching dedication” towards restoring peace and normalcy in Kashmir Valley, a defence spokesman in a statement issued here said.

He said that the Army is celebrating its 70th Infantry Day. While this day celebrates the “valour and sacrifice of the Infantry” soldiers and inspires the entire nation, a spokesman said it also holds a special significance for the Chinar Corps and the state of J&K as it was on 27 Oct 1947 that the first column of Infantry, The First Battalion of the SIKH Regiment was airlifted from Delhi to Srinagar, to save Kashmir from the Pak abetted tribal raiders.

“The decision to induct the Army in to the J&K state was taken immediately after the signing of “Treaty of Accession” on 26 Oct 1947.”

“ The delay imposed on the Pak marauders by the J&K State Forces led by Brig Rajinder Singh whose martyrdom day is celebrated on 26 Oct, proved crucial as it gave time to the Army to organise its defences and prevent the invaders from taking over Srinagar. “

In subsequent actions, the spokesman said, the “Pak invaders” were repulsed from Kashmir thus thwarting Pakistan’s nefarious designs and since the entire campaign was predominantly Infantry centric, its commencement on 27 Oct 1947 is commemorated as the ‘Infantry Day’.

Regarded as the “Queen of the Battle”, the Infantry is the largest fighting Arm of the Army and its units are being regularly modernised to meet all contemporary and emerging security challenges, the spokesman added.