Days after Indian Army carried out surgical strikes along LoC on September 28, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday released a video clip in which he praised PM Narendra Modi but also said that Pakistan was trying to malign India’s image by creating a false propaganda denying any such action by Indian Army.
Kejriwal urged PM Modi to clear the air around surgical strikes and “unmask Pakistan’s false propaganda.”
However, some newspapers in Pakistan focused on the latter part of his speech and used it as a basis to portray that the Delhi Chief Minister was questioning the authenticity of the surgical strikes.
Taking a note of this, BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held a press conference on Tuesday and slammed Kejriwal for his comments. Prasad specifically pointed out that Kejriwal was ‘making headlines in Pakistan’ and questioned if ‘he did not have faith in valour of Indian Army’.
The Pakistani establishment and media have been constantly denying that India carried out any such action in PoK. The day India made an announcement of the operation, Pakistan claimed that only cross-border firing had taken place along LoC on September 28 night in which two of its soldiers were killed.
Going forward, the Pakistani government even took international journalists to certain locations along the LoC to prove its point. However, it is not clear how it zeroed in on the location when Indian Army did not officially disclose the exact locations where it carried out the surgical strikes.
Arvind Kejriwal’s comments – though not covered prominently in Pakistan’s national dailies – were published by Pakistan Observer on it’s front page with the headline ‘Delhi CM asks Modi to prove surgical strike’. It went on to add that ‘locals along LoC had questioned India’s claim’.
On the other hand, Express Tribune also ran a story on its website in which it said: “Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged Indian premier Narendra Modi to release evidence of the strikes which are still shrouded in mystery. Pakistan has already ripped to shreds the farcical claim as an illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects.” (sic)
Any other newspaper or website in Pakistan which published Arvind Kejriwal’s comments could not be found. However, it did manage to find a place on front page of one of the national dailies.