the sad passing away of Pant, who was the Defence Minister from 1987 to 1989.
Stating that Pant's contribution will be fondly remembered, he said, "Pant steered the Ministry at one of the most critical junctures of history as the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) was deployed in Sri Lanka as a stepping stone to the tortuous journey for peace in the island nation."
Referring to the Operation Cactus conducted by Indian armed forces in Maldives, he said, "The Indian troops were also deployed at short notice in Maldives to abort a coup attempt, in a clear manifestation of our commitment to the promotion of peace and stability in South Asian Region."
81-year-old, who was ailing for some time, breathed his last at 8:30 AM today.
Nitish condoles demise of K C Pant
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed profound grief at the demise of former union minister K C Pant.
Pant was a respected politician and an able administrator, who contributed immensely in modernization of the armed forces during his stint as the union defence minister, Kumar said in a condolence message.
The former union minister died in New Delhi earlier in the day.
Pant: an old school politician
Known for his erudition and persuasive manners, Krishna Chandra Pant belonged to the old school of politicians whose administrative acumen earned him plum responsibilities in Union Government and prominent role in Parliament.
Son of a freedom fighter and former UP Chief Minister and Union Home Minister Govind Ballabh Pant, K C Pant was known for his negotiating skills that late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi chose him as the chief negotiator to work out a deal with the protagonists of the separate Telangana movement in the 1970s.
As Minister of State for Home Affairs, he was successful in evolving an agreement that led to 'Mulki Rules' that gave prominence to recruitment of locals in jobs in the region in Andhra Pradesh government service.
Pant, who died in his Delhi residence this morning, was also made the interlocutor by the then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee for Kashmir during the NDA government.
Born in 1931 in Nainital, Pant was a post graduate in science