Why disclose surgical strike proof, it’s against national interest: BJP

BJP maintained that demanding proof for the armed forces’ action would be against national interest and national security.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2016 6:24 pm
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WHILE Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to discuss the security scenario in the wake of India’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads along LoC, the ruling BJP said Wednesday there is no need for releasing any evidence as being demanded by some.

BJP maintained that demanding proof for the armed forces’ action would be against national interest and national security. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some Congress leaders have urged the government to provide proof of the strikes to counter what they call Pakistan’s propaganda questioning the authenticity of the operation.

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“Why should we disclose video clips and other proof? How can we make Army secrets public? It is a question of national security and it will be against national interest,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma.

Sharma pointed out that in the past India had submitted evidence for the Mumbai terror attack and Pathankote attack. “Has anything happened? What action Pakistan has taken against the culprits? How long will we keep giving in to their demands? Now, we will respond only through action, not through words or evidence,” he said.

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This comes the day The Indian Express, speaking to eyewitnesses across the LoC, reported on their graphic accounts of the strikes: short, intense fire in Dudhnial; loud explosions; damage to property; five or six bodies of suspected jihadists being loaded on trucks; attack in Leepa and near the military camps along the Katha Nar stream that empties into the Neelum river.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir said the Army would have some evidence and they must have handed it over to the Prime Minister. “The Prime Minister can use his discretion on whether it should be made public or not.”

India’s armed forces had launched “surgical strikes” along the LoC on terrorist launch pads operating in PoK on the intervening night of September 28-29. However, Pakistan denied any such operation and said that only two of its soldiers were killed in the cross-border firing that took place during the night. With the AAP and some Congress leaders demanding for evidences for the strike, the BJP has condemned them saying it would demoralise the armed forces.

WATCH VIDEO: Surgical Strikes: Eyewitnesses’ Accounts Validate India’s Claim Of A Lethal Strike

 

Sharma slammed the Opposition political leaders for raising questions. “This debate, originated from the other side of the border, is not good for the country or its interests. The Opposition leaders’ demands have just given fillip to Pakistan to raise questions,” he said adding that the neighbour’s attempts would be futile as the BJP-led government has succeeded in isolating Pakistan at the international level.

Hansraj Ahir said raising questions on the operation conducted by the Armed forces is equal to “humiliating” them. Some reports quoted Ahir as saying that the Army had handed over the video clips to the government.

But when contacted, he told The Indian Express: “What I said was that Army must have handed over the evidence to the Prime Minister and it is up to the PM to decide on whether they should be released or not.”

He said the Army so far has gone by the procedure. “The laid down procedure has been followed. The DGMO briefed the media about the surgical strikes. That was the right thing to do. Earlier, written documents were submitted to the government. Now that there is so much technology upgradation, video clips could be there. If there were clips, the Army must have submitted it to the Prime Minister,” he said.

Ahir said the US had not released video clips or any other documents on the killing of Osama bin Laden. “Usually, such things do not go public,” the minister said.

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    Sandeep
    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    Credibility of Armed forces was never questionable. The politicians opened their big mouths and invited doubts. Forces proved their capability and raised the sagging morale.
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      Anil Bhadula
      Oct 8, 2016 at 12:26 am
      It is shame on the part certain politicians asking for proof. They do not understand the sensitivity of the issue as it could lead to opening the secrecy. Surgical Strikes video is nothing to do for information of public, it's useful for our Trg purpose for further surgical strikes. The learned people also after proof is disgusting. Our Brave Army is facing all hurdles and we all sleep, including the subject guys. In my opinion, Govt should not release the video of surgical strike because stan want to collect all crucial information about this operation and strategy. if Govt release this video then our enemy will see the tactics, weapons, skillsets, movements and use them to their advantage for next time. Our Govt should not fall in to this trap. Releasing the video in public will help only enemies. It is a good decision. When we attack, it is an attack. No need to convince anybody. Don't release any video but do more surgical strikes so Pak will automatically gets proof. Our great army, kindly go ahead for more attacks like this and forget the old. Whearted support of Indians is with their great Army. Now this is the time that we all Indians be unite and not pressurize the PM and his Govt to release the video footage.
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        Doba Dodu
        Oct 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm
        You have forgotten China! India is scared of China! So, India and Indian media always downplay the India-china border dispute as China already thought an unforgettable lesson in 1962 war! Almost 125,000 sq km of Indian territory is either occupied or claimed by China! But, you still say, you have no issues with China! India's latest friend can do nothing in this regard. India is famous for interfering others internal affairs! It was an internal conflict with then East stan (Bangladesh) and Now stan! You got involved in their internal conflict to divide stan and occupied Bangladesh! You did the same thing in Sri Lanka by sending 90,000 strong Army there and you learned an unforgettable lesson there! India is a breeding ground of Hindu Tamil Tiger Terrorists and finally India learned an unforgettable lesson from LTTE. Aksai Chin is a disputed region located in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau and immediately south of the western Kunlun Mountains. It is approximately 35,241 sq km in size is entirely administered by the People's Republic of China as a part of Hotan County in the Hotan Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. India considers it as a part of its state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Trans-Karakoram Tract is an area of nearly 5,800 km2/ 5180 sq km (2,239 sq mi) along both sides of the Shaksgam River, is entirely administered by the People's Republic of China as a part of Kargilik County and Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County in the Kashgar Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. It is still claimed by India as part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Arunachal Pradesh 83,743 sq km is a state of India, located in the far northeast. It borders the states of am and Nagaland to the south, and shares international borders with Burma in the east, Bhutan in the west, and the People's Republic of China in the north. The majority of the territory is claimed by the People's Republic of China as part of South Tibet.
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          Ishrat Sharma
          Oct 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm
          Keep on talking and don't produce a proof. Your politicians are making a fool out of you.
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            Dobadodu
            Oct 6, 2016 at 11:18 am
            INDIAN POLITICIANS USED TO FOOL INDIANS!lt;br/gt;NOW IT'S INDIAN ARMY'S TURN!!lt;br/gt;LET US LEARN HOW INDIAN ARMY DID A SURGICAL STRIKE IN SRI LANKA?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The unforgettable Surgical Strike of the Great Indian Army was, where 33 para troopers of the 10th Para Regiment were brutally killed by the LTTE during heli-landing to the ground of University of Jaffna on 11th October 1987! We still remember it Mr. Subramani! The heli-borne ault on the Jaffna University was one significant phase of the battle code named �Operation Pawan� on the night of 11 October 1987. Aim of this commando raid was to capture the top LTTE terrorist leadership and local commanders who were operating inside the University building at the time of the raid, according to Indian Intelligence. Thus thirty three para troopers including Lieutenant Colonel A.K. Chhabra fell victim to LTTE indiscriminate fire halfway their landing. "Firing at para troopers before their landing was a blatant violation of the Geneva Convention ped in 1949." India said ( is the Indian version of Geneva Convention which does not applies to Indian Occupied Kashmir).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let us see how The Great Indian 'Zeros' were respecting the same Geneva Convention: The Jaffna hospital macre occurred on October 21 and 22, 1987, during the Sri Lankan Civil War, when troops of the Indian Army entered the premises of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and killed between 60-70 patients and staf. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the government of Sri Lanka, and independent observers such as the University Teachers for Human Rights and others have called it a macre of civilians. Same thing is repeated by the Great Indian 'zeros' in Indian Occupied Kashmir today! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We also remember how the 90,000 strong Great Indian Army struggled with 4000 Hindu Tamil Tiger Terrorists and left Sri Lanka unsuccessfully with shame after loosing over 2000 Great Indian 'Zeros' in action and several thousand wounded! It was the mighty stani Airforce which finally helped Sri Lanka to defeat Terrorism forever!
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              Sumail Raza
              Oct 6, 2016 at 2:56 am
              Feel pity for media how they try their best to sell this fake story of strikes to the public but as you know ,jhoot kay payoon nahee hotay,
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                Sraddhadeva Joshey
                Oct 19, 2016 at 7:12 am
                Why the surgical strike was announced? Why it was not kept secret? What general public has to do with surgical strike's news? When their terrorists died then they will automatically know about it, there was no need to announce it. If they are denying then that should be a happy news that will make our country(India) clean because we killed their men and there will be no evidence about that. At last there was no need to claim what our soldiers have done, no need to announce the secret killing of terrorists to general public.
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                  Anil Bhadula
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm
                  No need to give any video proof, No need for evidence , we are fully confident on our army. We trust our army, we trust our soldiers and we stand for them. We don't need any evidences when the force is using them under their command. Video clips should not be shown lest the vital information should be leaked to stan. The government should keep this as a high security secret. It was a military operation against terrorist not a Hindi movie that they want to see a trailor...which needs to be released. US never gave any proof of Its Abetabaad Operation, only because of tectical reasons. Security matters cannot be shown publicly,no nation gives the proof of such strikes. This is the first time this type of coordinated surgical strike happened by crossing LoC. Our soldiers clearly admitted this.The reason this time Govt has given the information to media is because India wanted to send a strong message to stan and to the world that India is capable of retaliating. It should be kept a secret as it may reveal our modus opei. We trust our Indian army those who don't even ask any question before giving their life .... not politicians.
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                    Apoorv Garg
                    Oct 6, 2016 at 2:45 am
                    No army would be foolish enough to publicly provide evidence of an intelligence based surgical strike. Especially when it may need and plans to carry on more such strikes in future.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Only those who expect or demand such evidence are utter fools. They are either doing it deliberately, looking for political brownie points; or are falling into the stani trap of denial and challenge for proof.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It would be definitely required to correct proofs of operation during or after execution, if not rendered impossible due to some situation (that does not seem to be the case as the army’s declaration says no Indian casualties during operation). The proof would be expected and needed by the military high command and the Indian government.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;However, making the evidence public is not necessary, it may even not be advisable depending on strategic and geopolitic situation with respect to Indian interests.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I think that the decision to conduct the strike and/or declare it officially and diplomatically could only be taken in (foreseen) national interest, any domestic political advantage can only be a side-effect or at most a secondary motive. Here are my reasons:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(1) Not all military heads and strategic/diplomatic advisors to government are stooges of BJP, and the very technical decisions regarding the strikes can not be taken and executed without their go-ahead and support. In fact, the executor of the strikes is military, not the political government.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(2) Suppose the motive was political victory over rivals of BJP, and the strikes and their declaration was foreseen to be detrimental to national interests. Then going ahead with the strikes and/or declaration would be risking a medium-and-long-term political suicide for the hope of relatively small and short-term political victory. I do not think that BJP and its leaders would be so politically foolish.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;***lt;br/gt;Even more than the surgical strikes (many believe that such covert strikes have been done in past but never declared in public), the very measured Indian declaration of the strikes and the adroit diplomatic handling of the same by India has made all the difference, e.g. USA and Russia openly blaming stani terrorism for the current and possible future ‘escalation’ (Russian response in particular is very blunt: Exercises not held in AJK: Russian envoy to India), all other SAARC countries criticising stan, Indian police and military now in more vigil and preparation to rebuff terror attacks, etc.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Some politicians, though appreciating the strikes have asked for ‘evidence’. Come on, no army would be foolish enough to provide evidence of an intelligence based surgical strike; especially when it may need and does plan to carry on more such strikes in future. Only those who expect or demand such evidence are utter fools. They are either doing it deliberately, looking for political brownie points; or are falling into the stani trap of denial and challenge for proof.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just for a moment leave aside the question that whether or not India really conducted the ‘surgical strikes'; and take stock of what happened after the ‘declaration’ of the strikes: stan's denial, statements from various contours like US, Russia, China, etc., cancellation of SAARC summit, statements from Indian politicians, statements from stani politicians, enhancement of vigil and preparation by Indian police and military against possible terrorist attacks, etc.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now, based on only the events which are facts not subject to doubt or speculation, decide for yourself whether India or stan gained an advantage as a result.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If it's India then Modi is smart if the strikes really happened, and smarter if no strikes really happened!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If it's stan who got the advantage, or if both countries are worse off, then whether or not strikes happened, the declaration by India was a mistake.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If both the countries are better off, then again regardless of whether or not the strikes actually took place, Modi proves to be a great statesman.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The crux is this: It doesn't matter whether the strikes actually took place this time or not. The declaration is all that is important. (Actually, that is very interesting: Information about a phenomenon being more important than the phenomenon itself.)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The stani reaction to the strikes is very obviously telling that it is less worried about the strikes than the Indian declaration of the same. And understandably so. Since the proxy war through terrorist infiltrators that stan has been waging against India is by nature a ‘low cost’ war (financially as well as strategically and diplomatically), losing a few dozen of terrorists out of hundreds that stan would be training is not very worrisome for stan. In fact, many military/strategic experts have written in their news columns that such strikes have been undertaken covertly in past but never made public.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;stan has outright denied that the strikes even took place and said that only cross-border firing happened which is an ‘existential’ phenomenon. So, it has no excuse to escalate. India has openly declared that it does not want to escalate any further or even repeat such strikes until needed to pre-empt terrorist infiltration. So, no apparent increase in probability of war.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lastly, why should India provide any ‘evidence’?How do any revelations about the exact location, damages, casualties serve Indian interests? What does India lose if any more individuals/organisations/countries do not believe the Indian declaration of the strikes than those who are already believing?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If at any point these revelations would serve Indian interests India will reveal.
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                      arc
                      Oct 6, 2016 at 4:03 am
                      Like when BJP said asking for proof of Modi's education was anti national.
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                        Rakesh
                        Oct 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm
                        Abay 65 aur 99 me india ki thukai hoi thi.. 71 mai bangladesh fall hoa tha stan nahi.
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                          Fekini
                          Oct 6, 2016 at 6:41 am
                          Ok then !! Call all opposition party leaders behind closed doors and show them the evidence.End of story.But feku wont do it ..cause feku is ly ing.
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                            Fekini
                            Oct 6, 2016 at 6:40 am
                            US Israel regularly release footage of all their operations ..even the bin laden raid !! And this feku govt thinks we are fools ?? You dont want to release footage ?? Fine.lt;br/gt;Release the GPS co ordinates of the locations in POK .... Forensic analysis of those places will prove what raid took place.
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                              Fekini
                              Oct 6, 2016 at 6:39 am
                              What a joke this bjp is !! Mounting an unprecedented attack on truth via its paid supari channels to fool the people !! This feku party needs to be taught a lesson it wont forget.
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                                Mein sirf
                                Oct 6, 2016 at 6:30 am
                                Sometimes I think arvind kejriwal needs psychiatric help.
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                                  stranger
                                  Oct 6, 2016 at 3:41 am
                                  proof is indeed not needed as i always say it is impossible for any govt in india to lie about such important event, even an encounter cannot be lied here due to the checks and balances of our consution. but 2 things must be noted, what was the national interest in disclosing the surgical strike in first place. and then applying the same level of secrecy govt must also disclose the date of all previous surgical strikes, failure to do so will imply the govt disclosed this specific strike to get undeserved publicity.
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                                    Merab
                                    Oct 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm
                                    HAHAHAHAHAHHA. indians are good in talking talking and talking... in fact you people can only talk. If you done something than you should have proofs to show......for instance, if i say i made first atom bomb how people believe if i give no proof. Indian army done nothing how they give proofs.
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                                      BharatK
                                      Oct 6, 2016 at 8:44 am
                                      IGNORE these s.
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                                        Taimoor
                                        Oct 10, 2016 at 8:45 am
                                        hahahaha BJP along with indian army has made all indians ia
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                                          Krishnan Chundharan Krishnan
                                          Oct 6, 2016 at 1:30 am
                                          If politicians demand for any sort of action of Jawans, to ensure national territory and safety, later political parties will induce to form trade unions in the defence wings. Think of suach a dangerous situation. In Kerala Police force has got Unions. Police force as a w is swinging according to ruling parties push forward and backward. Hence, National defence forces should not be allowed to follow political remarks.
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                                            Krish
                                            Oct 6, 2016 at 2:32 am
                                            It is a sad commentary on the quality of our politicians like Nirupam, Kejrival and Dig Vijaya in that they care the least for the country in their blind but impotent hatred again a single person. For them it appears Modi is bigger enemy than stan. Very very sad to hear such comments. No need to appreciate but atleast they can keem mum. Krish
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