Put forth evidence of surgical strikes to expose Pakistan: Congress to govt

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 1:09 pm
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The Congress Monday asked the government to put forth “credible” evidence of last week’s surgical strikes, carried out by the army across the Line of Control, to “expose” Pakistan which has denied any such action. Congress’ senior spokesman Anand Sharma also sought to dismiss the claim that the surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads was the first such retaliation by the Indian Army, insisting that it had responded earlier too “as per the need or provocation”.

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Asked about Aam Aadmi Party’s demand that the Centre put out a video of the surgical strikes, Sharma said Congress does “not have slightest doubt” about what the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) said after the operation. At the same time, he said, Pakistan is attempting to mislead its people by claiming that no such attack had taken place. In this backdrop, it would be necessary for the Prime Minister to “expose” Pakistan by putting forth credible evidence about the surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.

The announcement about the action was made by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh at a press conference in New Delhi. “The government must expose Pakistan’s denial. It has all the tools and instruments to do so,” he said, adding the Modi dispensation has backing of the entire political leadership. He said that the Indian Army had carried out such strikes in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The only difference this time was that the government of the day has taken the “political ownership”, he said.

Sharma, a senior minister in the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government, said, “In the wisdom of the UPA, the political ownership of such actions of the army was not considered necessary.” Insisting that the Armed Forces have always responded as per “the need or provocation” when it came to defending the motherland, he said, “The thinking that this is the first time Indian Army has retaliated against a terror attack is not correct. It is a disservice to our forces.”

Noting that neither the Prime Minister nor anyone else has said that “our armed forces were dormant and sleeping in the past”, he said the details of the earlier actions are there with the defence establishment. “In the past, these decisions were taken by the Army,” he said. Sharma said Pakistan has been “exposed but not isolated” in the wake of the surgical strikes and referred to the joint operation carried out by Russian Special Force near Gilgit within 48 hours of the Uri terror attack.

The Congress leader said that if the terror syndicate is not dismantled in Pakistan, peace in South Asia will be very difficult to achieve. He stressed that the attacks on the army base in Uri and the Pathankot airbase showed that these are not terror attacks but acts of war against the Indian state.

Sharma said that instead of learning from the seriousness of the situation, the Pakistani establishment still has the audacity to attack India. “It is clear that despite the bravery of the Indian soldiers and our attack on terror launch pads along LoC, the forces that would attack and want to hurt India are still present in our neighbouring country,” he said.

Sharma also disapproved of attempts to ban Pakistani artistes and cricketers in India. He said it was “not correct” to brand every citizen of Pakistan, including artists and sportsman, as “terrorist”. He expressed concern over China’s continued opposition in the UN to declare Masood Azhar a “terrorist”. He said it is imperative that India takes up the Masood Azhar issue with China.

He said the Congress was concerned over reports of diversion of a tributary of the Brahmaputra by China. He said Northeast India needed a firm reassurance that China will continue to honour the Memorandum of Understanding which was reached between China and India in 2013. Reacting to the controversial statements made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Sharma said he should “show maturity and restraint and should not get carried away by euphoria”.

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    Australian
    Oct 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm
    How and where the surgical strike happen? Don't just say it, bring evidence, otherwise be quiet. Every one on stan side is denying it. Show us the proof, looks like still under production in Bollywood.
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      Australian
      Oct 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm
      To me it looks very bizzare, the so called Surgical Strike, hard to believe. lt;br/gt;1. Pak and india at war for a very long time, the two armies knows each others tachtiques very well,lt;br/gt;2. We are talking a heavily militerised border of kashmir where both armies on red alert all the time,lt;br/gt;3. Pak army deplo air defence systems around the border, with different kinds of surface to air missiles, helicopter intrudes without detection? Bizzarelt;br/gt;4. Pak army opens fire 2 soldiers dead, but don't know any landings?lt;br/gt;5. One indian soldier crosses border and immediately arrested by pak.army but a helicopter with a dozen soldiers undetectedlt;br/gt;6. Saying is alot easier than doing lt;br/gt;7. If indian army acts like a US army, then its suicidal, US army has highest technology with good on the ground intelligence.lt;br/gt;8. One weeks ped by and still all noises, but not proof. If you go to court of Law without proof, the the judge gonna throw you out of the courtlt;br/gt;9. If what is said not proven, then insia lose its credibility to the worldlt;br/gt;10. Remember everyone is watching, prove it.
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        sanjeev
        Oct 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm
        Let the world watch it. Just watch it
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          sanjeev
          Oct 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm
          We as a country do not need to convince stan or any other country about surgical attacks. Pak has been asking proof about 26/ 11 pathankot and other incidents. Does it mean these incident did not happen and kasab was not ? Don't waste prime time . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pak is most dangerous as a country. Everyone knows why. Also we should not be complecent. We hear that pak gave nuclear tech to Korea and we know what is happening there there so we as a country should be ready for any eventuality. stan are cunning .They will say something show different and act different. Tackling this country is the toughest job.
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            sanjeev
            Oct 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm
            you can choose not to hear about it
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              Muhammad Akmal
              Oct 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm
              There is nothing like this happened..... Mr. Modi is just cooking the soup to serve the INDIANS through fool,s spoon
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              jafar
              Oct 3, 2016 at 9:13 pm
              Modi and paltan jst Made his nation "Mamoon" but Caould not the Wise World Lolx
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                Bir Chilarai
                Oct 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm
                It doesn't matter what India did. What matters is that India SAID it did the strikes. What can stan do about it? Nothing. That's the real message. Being an impotent loud mouth is the most pathetic thing someone can be and that is stan.
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