Amarinder Singh acknowledged the courage of all soldiers at an event. (File)
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he deplored attempts to “politicise” the defence forces, asserting that the personnel were meant to report only to their regimental heads and not work at the behest of the political dispensation.
He said there was an immediate end to the “current cult of political interference” in the functioning of defence services, to enable the officers and soldiers to discharge their duties efficaciously.
The Congress leader said it was necessary in the larger interest of the nation to secure its unity, integrity and security.
Mr Singh condemned the attempts to politicise” the defence forces, asserting the personnel were meant to report only to their regimental heads and not work at the behest of the political dispensation.
He was addressing a gathering at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Chandigarh which paid homage to commonwealth nations’ armed forces personnel who sacrificed their lives during World War I.
A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the martyrs, an official release said.
The chief minister said the exemplary valour and indomitable courage of all soldiers in preserving the ethos of freedom, liberty and democratic values had remained largely unrecognised. He noted nearly 74,000 Indian soldiers attained martyrdom and 67,000 were wounded in this war.
While most Indians were aware of the sacrifices made by millions of people in the…