First time surgical strikes made public: Congress

He said surgical operations like in the past will continue to take place in future for the interest of the country.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published:October 2, 2016 1:12 am
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Senior Congress leader Subodh Kant Sahay Saturday said it was for the first time that surgical strikes conducted by the army across LoC were made public, saying such operations used to take place in the past as well.

“It was life’s first experience that any surgical operation by the army was announced before the nation. I want to ask whether army never crossed LoC to thwart enemy’s attempt to target the country. Our one (army) man was captured by Pakistan army. He must have crossed the LoC. Army operations were never declared in this way. This is the norm of such operations,” he told reporters here.

He said surgical operations like in the past will continue to take place in future for the interest of the country. Sahay said the army has been conducting such operations at “its own level” and never shared with the public and media, “the way it has been done now”.

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The former Union minister accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “failing” on the diplomatic front. “Who told him to visit Lahore. Has he any answer to that,” Sahay asked.

He also alleged that BJP was working on the “marketing mode”. Sahay said former prime minister Manmohan Singh was “treated as the most respectable man in the world”.

He also hit out at SAD-BJP regime for allegedly “failing” to work for the development of the state, saying Congress can only bring the state back on track.

“Punjab needs a strong government to put the state back on track,” he said.

Sahay said formation of new front or political parties in the state would “eventually help” Congress in the upcoming assembly polls in the state.