Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir to celebrate Diwali with security forces on Sunday. Modi has been spending Diwali festivals with soldiers in different locations along the borders with Pakistan and China ever since he became the prime minister.
Last year, Modi had visited Uttarakhand to celebrate Diwali with the personnel of Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police, mandated to guard 3,488 km Sino-India border, in Harshil. Harshil is situated at the confluence of Jalandhari Gadh and Bhagirathi rivers and at the foot of the mountain that lies at the head of the Baspa Valley at the height of around 8,000 feet. PM Modi was flanked by Army chief Bipin Rawat.
After becoming the prime minister in 2014, Modi had spent Diwali at Siachen with Army jawans.
In 2015, he had visited the Punjab border on Diwali. His visit had coincided with 50 years of the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
The next year, PM Modi was in Himachal Pradesh, where he spent time with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel at a border outpost.
He had spent his fourth Diwali as prime minister with soldiers at Gurez in Jammu and Kashmir last year.