New JAKLI recruits will make Kashmir proud: GoC Dhillon

General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon, Saturday said that Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) was a mini-India and the country’s best regiment.

Addressing the passing-out parade of recruits at JAKLI regimental centre Rangreth here, GoC Dhillon said JAKLI has a great history of valour and courage and that its soldiers have always kept the head of nation high.

“What makes JAKLI unique is that it has soldiers from all religions -Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, etc. All of them are one unit which is the greatness of JAKLI,” the GoC said. “This way, JAKLI is mini-India. Its soldiers are making Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh proud. They keep Kashmiriyat alive.”

He congratulated all the 404 recruits and their parents. “I congratulate you all for presenting a tremendous drill, well done boys. Today, 404 recruits have become riflemen, I salute these people, their parents,” the GoC said.

Hailing Subedar (Rtd) Muhammad Illyas for participating in the rescue operation at Tandghar in Kupwara district where snow avalanche hit an army patrol, the GoC said, “Despite being a retired solider, Illyas continued with his spirits and rescued those who were under snow.”

He said that Illyas would be honoured for his bravery.