Indian Army briefs Parliamentary panel on surgical strikes

Army briefing on surgical strikes: At least three members who attended the meeting said Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Bipin Rawat briefed the Committee on the September 29 surgical strikes.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2016 11:06 am
surgical strikes, indian army surgical strikes, army briefs panel, surgical strikes parliamentary panel, army briefs parliamentary panel, parl panel surgical strike, india news, indian express news Army briefing on surgical strikes: Earlier Parliamentary standing committee was to get “Briefing by the representatives of the Ministry of Defence on surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).” (Source: AP Photo/File)

After initial reluctance, the Army today briefed members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence on the surgical strikes carried out by its men on terror launch pads inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. At least three members who attended the meeting said Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Bipin Rawat briefed the Committee on the September 29 surgical strikes. “A brief statement was made by the Army on the sensitive issue. But no questions were taken,” a member said.

But another member from NDA said Congress’ Madhusudan Mistry wanted to ask questions which was denied by panel chief Maj Gen B C Khanduri (Retd). “There was a heated exchange of words between the two … no questions were finally taken,” he said.

Earlier, the standing committee was to get “Briefing by the representatives of the Ministry of Defence on surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC)”. But later, the agenda was changed to hearing by officials of the Defence Ministry, the Law Ministry and the Election Commission “on the status of implementation of E Postal Ballot System”.

Yesterday, two senior Congress members Ambika Sonia and Mistry had dubbed the move to change the agenda as “high1y unacceptable”. “The decision not to brief the committee over surgical strikes under the garb of secrecy only amounts to ‘lack of confidence’ in the Members of Parliament, who are in the committee and who are bound by the oath of secrecy. This position is absolutely unacceptable to us,” party General Secretaries Soni and Mistry had said in a joint statement yesterday.

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    George
    Oct 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm
    Now congress party members behave yourself.first be citizens of India then play politics. You had your chance to change the face of India, and all that you achieved was demoralise the country and make it poorer and divided. Just shut up and behave
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      Trun
      Oct 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm
      With different strories doing round on surgical strike ...Army seems to be loosing goodwill of people.
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        Ashok Kumar
        Oct 14, 2016 at 5:42 pm
        Next time when Army goes for a surgical strikes, it should take these politicians along with them .Take Kejriwal and other such irresponsible politicians to the border and keep them on LOC. If these politicians have any doubt on surgical strikes and if they have no confidence on capability of Army , take them to border. It is easy to make irresponsible statements sitting in AC cabins. These selfish politicians should understand the sacrifices of our soldiers.
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          freethinker
          Oct 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm
          This is the same Congress Party which gave Kashmir to stan. This is the same Congress party which gave all the hard won territory in four conflicts back to stan. What has this party achieved? The army has been waiting for weapons for twenty years --lt;br/gt;thanks to the Congress party. Now they want to put their noses into the army's methods of fighting terrorists. How many of them have seen the backside of a gun --- or a terrorist'
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            joseph
            Oct 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm
            It is a good decision not to allow discussion on surgical strikes. It would have forced the senior army officers to lie or to deny false versions leaked to the media by the Bhakts.
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              L bhadrapati Devi
              Oct 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm
              Sorry for wrong thump up. Congress can do politics to the extent of extracting secret surgical strike of Army.
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                Mohan
                Oct 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE VERMIN--- the Indian army has withstood many in the past
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                  Niladrinath Mohanty
                  Oct 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                  Honourable Members of our Parliament are most honourable! The Army should take them into confidence.
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