The 67th Poonch Link-Up Day was celebrated by the people of Poonch and the Poonch Brigade with gaiety and fervor today. The celebrations commemorated with the historic link up carried out by Poonch Brigade forces and 19 Infantry Brigade from Rajouri at Danni Ka Pir on November 21, 1948.
The celebrations were graced by General Officer Commanding, Ace of Spades Division along with Commander Poonch Brigade, Mohd Harun Malik, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch and JS Johar, SSP Poonch besides eminent citizens and a large gathering of people of Poonch which included many school children. Jahangir Mir, MLC (Dy Chairman), Dr Shahnaaz Ganai, MLC J&K Assembly and Shah Mohd Tantray, MLA Poonch also graced the occasion.
As run-up to 67th Poonch Link-Up Day, a number of events were organised at Poonch town and adjoining villages over a period of 15 days. To encourage the youth, a number of sports events were conducted to include Football tournament, boys and girls, volleyball tournament and a painting competition. Further more than 700 children of Poonch had participated in a 3.5 km ‘Run for Fun’ from Poonch Stadium to Pritam Stadium.
In a first of its kind, 40 handicapped persons belonging to villages of Poonch District were taken to Delhi for undertaking on the spot fitments of artificial limbs in concert with Pritam Charitable Trust, & Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, an NGO. General Officer Commanding Ace of Spades Division and Commander Poonch Brigade laid wreaths at Naman Sathal War Memorial to honour the gallant martyrs of Indian Army who laid down their lives while defending their motherland.