Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that the credit for the surgical strikes that destroyed terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir must go to the Indian Army, adding that he would only share a part of it. Parrikar also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for green signaling the strikes.
“I don’t mind sharing credits, including the surgical strikes, with every countryman because it is done by our Armed Forces and not by any political party. So all Indians, including those doubting Thomases, also can share the credit. As for myself, I will only share the credit at the most… the major share goes to the Prime Minister but the issue I will at least claim the credit (for) is decision making ability and planning. So I think that should settle the nerves of many people…,” Parrikar said, adding, “I understand quite well because I’m a politician though not a politician by profession… that people’s sentiments are satisfied.”
Parrikar was speaking at the MET 2016 (Materials Engineering Technology) conference in Mumbai.
Last Thursday, at an event in Lucknow, Defence Minister Parrikar hit out at those he said were doubting the Army operation and calling for proof of the surgical strikes. “No one ever doubted the bravery of our forces, but for the first time some people are expressing doubts… A race seems to be on. There’s a reason why they are asking for proof. Many people are afraid that Modi’s image will increase (after the surgical strikes).”
The Indian Army, on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, conducted surgical strikes across the LoC to eliminate terrorists waiting at launchpads, ready to infiltrate the country and carry out attacks. The announcement was made by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh at a joint press conference with the Ministry of External Affairs on the following day.