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BRIGADIER PANKAJ SINHA SM, VSM | Issue Dated: June 30, 2013, New Delhi
Tags : Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry | Indian Army | Shiekh Mohammed Abdullah | J&K Militia | Kargil War |

The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry is a unique Regiment of Indian Army.  It is the only infantry regiment born out of `patriotic volunteers’ of Jammu and Kashmir which rose to fight against Pakistani raiders in October 1947 on a clarion call given by Shiekh Mohammed Abdullah. The volunteers held the Pakistani raiders at bay until arrival of Indian Army on October 27, 1947,after which they fought with them shoulder to shoulder till the attackers were ousted.

In recognition of their valour they were organized as the 'J&K Militia’, the first force to be raised after Independence. Since then the J&K Militia has participated in all operations with valour and courage.

In recognition of their bravery, 7 and 14 J&K Militia were converted into `Ladakh Scouts’ after 1962 war and merged with Indian Army. Rest of the force too was converted into regular army in 1972 after they performed exceptionally well in the 1965 and 1971 wars.

This regiment is a true symbol of national integration and secularism.  For the first time in 1948, it introduced the concept of `MMG’ (Mandir, Masjid and Gurdwara under one roof), which was later adopted by rest of the Indian Army as `sarv dharm sthal’.

The regiment has been conferred four Battle Honours, of which three were earned while it was a para-military force. No other para-military force has earned any battle/theatre honour in our country. The fourth one was earned during Kargil War. JAK LI has earned the distinction of becoming the only Param Vir Chakra winner of the Siachen Glacier.

Inspite of being the youngest regiment of Indian Army, it is one of the highest decorated. They include one Param Vir Chakra, two Ashoka Chakra, 11 Mahavir Chakra and 21 Unit Citations/Appreciation, amongst  others  awards.

Unbeknownst to the world outside, the regiment has rendered yeomen  service in containing militancy by motivating youth and providing them respectable and secure jobs in large numbers every year, especially at the height of militancy.

JAK LI’s Regimental Training Centre is located at Srinagar in the most picturesque environment. The regiment has won accolades when assigned jobs overseas, including in Sri Lanka and various UN Peacekeeping missions. It fared exceptionally well during Kargil Operations and in counter-insurgency operations.   

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