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Def min meets slain soldier’s family in Poonch

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Jammu, Jun 20:  Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today visited the family of the soldier who was abducted and killed by militants two days ahead of Eid and described him as an inspiration for the nation.

Accompanied by senior Army officers, the minister went to the remote hamlet of Salani in the border district of Poonch to express her condolences to the family of slain soldier Aurangzeb, officials said.

“I have come here to meet the martyr’s family,” the defence minister told reporters after meeting the family, including Aurangzeb’s father, a former Army-man, who reiterated his resolve to sacrifice his all to safeguard the integrity and sovereignty of the country.

“Here is a family, here is a martyr, who to me and I am sure to the whole nation, stands out as an inspiration… and that is the message I am carrying from here,” she added.

Aurangzeb, who was posted with 44 Rashtriya Rifles, was on his way home to celebrate Eid when militants abducted him from south Kashmir on June 14 and killed him same day.

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