Meet Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, Man Who Planned Surgical Strikes 2016

Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh on Friday took over as the General-Officer-Commanding of prestigious Nagrota-based White Knight Corps commonly known as XVI Corps. Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, an officer involved in the planning of the 2016 surgical strikes on terror infrastructure in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), on Friday took over as the general officer commanding of the Army’s Nagrota-based XVI Corps.
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    • Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, 57-year-old was commissioned into the army on 12 June 1982 in Madras Regiment. He later shifted to the elite Parachute Regiment (Special Forces) in January 1984. He has commanded an elite parachute regiment and has vast experience of high-altitude warfare. The officer has the distinction of commanding the elite Siachen Brigade and an infantry division on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

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      Lt Gen Paramjit Sing, GOC, WhiteKnight Corps
    • Before assuming the charge, Lt Gen Singh was Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Command. He also commanded a Special Forces battalion, which was part of the planning of the “surgical strikes” after the attack on an army brigade in Uri in 2016, the official said. Besides, he has also been part of formulating strategies to dominate the LoC after the “surgical strikes”, an officer said.
    • He, as major general, general staff, Northern Command headquarters, played a pivotal role in strategising military response to agitations that erupted in 2016 after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
    • Singh has a vast experience in high-altitude warfare, including tenure at the Siachen Glacier. He has spent most of his career conducting counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir, besides taking part in operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, the official said. During his service in the state, he has extensively served in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir and has been in command or on staff assignments during the most challenging times, he said.
    • Lt Gen Paramjit Singh is an alumnus of Indian Military Academy- Dehradun, Defence Services Staff College-Wellington, Army War College, Mhow and National Defence College, New Delhi.

  • The officer has held various prestigious instructional appointments, which include instructor at the Indian Military Academy, the Indian Army Training Team at Botswana, Africa, and directing staff at the Higher Command Wing at Army War College. He was commandant and chief instructor of the Special Forces Training School and commandant Parachute Regiment Training Centre,” the spokesperson informed and adding, “He is well versed with the terrain and existing operational dynamics of the entire Jammu & Kashmir having commanded a PARA Regiment during OP Parakram, Siachin Brigade and Vajra Division and led successful operations in high altitude, on the LoC and in the hinterland.Lt Gen Paramjit Singh 2
  • He has the distinction of being involved in planning and leading military operations during critical times like the Hazratbal siege in 1993 and kidnapping of foreign tourists by Al Faraan group in 1995, he said. Paramjit Singh was also involved in humanitarian relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir post the earthquake in 2005, cloudburst in Ladakh in 2010 and devastating floods in the valley in 2014.
  • A highly decorated officer, he during his career span of 36 years has been awarded for both gallantry and distinguished services with Army Commanders Commendation twice, Sena Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal.

On assuming command of White Knight Corps, he exhorted all ranks to continue working with the same zeal and enthusiasm and always be combat ready to thwart the “nefarious designs of the enemy and inimical forces”, he said.

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