Surgical Strikes: MoD cites secrecy, won’t brief House panel

Khanduri confirmed that the October 6 meeting was postponed to October 14.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 8:51 am
ministry of defence, bc khanduri, surgical strike, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, surgical strikes pok, bjp meeting surgical strikes, uri attack, uri attack aftermath, india news, latest news Khanduri, however, told The Indian Express that “we had made the request to the Defence Ministry as the committee wanted to know more about the operations. DGMO has already briefed the country and leaders of all political parties and we will also be briefed.”

Citing secrecy of operations, defence ministry has refused a request by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, chaired by BJP MP, Major General BC Khanduri (retd) for a briefing on last week’s “surgical strikes” by the army in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The briefing was scheduled for a meeting of the committee on October 6, but the members were informed earlier this week that the meeting had been postponed to October 14, with an amended agenda.

Defence ministry sources confirmed that it had refused to brief the parliamentary committee as details of surgical strikes “are secret in nature and cannot be divulged”.

Major General Khanduri, however, told The Indian Express that “the committee wanted to know more about these operations and we had made the request to the defence ministry. DGMO has already briefed the country and leaders from all political parties, and we will also be briefed.”

MR Madhavan, President of PRS Legislative research said that “the Lok Sabha Rules of Procedure lists certain topics that cannot be taken up for discussions or questions. While there is no explicit mention of national security, the list includes seeking of ‘disclosure of information that are in their nature secret…of which there is a constitutional, statutory or conventional obligation not to disclose information’. My guess is that military maneouvres could fall into this category.”

Major General Khanduri confirmed that the meeting for October 6 was postponed to October 14, as it had been called on short notice. However, The Indian Express has learnt that while the agenda for the October 6 meeting, circulated to its members had only “briefing by representatives of Ministry of Defence on surgical strikes across the Line of Control”, the agenda for the October 14 had added another item on “Mountain Strike Corps – shortage of arms and ammunition in the army”.

The meetings of the committee are “in camera” and its deliberations do not mention any member by name. Sources said that the draft reports of the committee are sent by the Chairman to the defence ministry before release to prevent any secret information from being made public.

The standing committee on defence consists of 31 members, 21 from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha. It has so far produced 22 reports on various subjects, including defence budget, DRDO, Border Roads Organisation and Ordnance Factories.

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    MyTake
    Oct 7, 2016 at 1:07 am
    Didn't the army already briefed media. What more they want? Do the news trading?
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      Venkataraman Jagadesan
      Oct 7, 2016 at 3:35 am
      The General Kanduri is absolutely correct that the Def Force's action during war cannot be explained to the public for security reasons. If fellows like Raga Kejati Nirupam etc etc understands this it will be better for them. Jai HInd.
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        Ashok Mazumdar
        Oct 7, 2016 at 4:45 am
        No Proof Required at As Pupul Believe that Our Pradhan Mantri Is Always Truthful and Correkt.
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          Mayur Panghaal
          Oct 7, 2016 at 2:47 am
          Dawood has more IQ than Swami Vivekanandalt;br/gt;---Nitin Gadkari.
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            Mayur Panghaal
            Oct 7, 2016 at 2:33 am
            ha ha ha...........Feku wont show it to Parliament committee on Defence ?? lt;br/gt;ha ha ha ......Now 200% confirmed there were no SUrgical strikes.lt;br/gt;------------------|lt;br/gt;Feku is playing with national security
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              S Subramaniam
              Oct 7, 2016 at 2:36 am
              It is an open secret that the live telecast of the 26/11 telecast has only helped it's perpetrators to plan their further plan of action and it was decided not to telecast live in future on security considerations. Similarly in the interest of National security it would not be appropriate to revel the details as it would help the enemy to take preventive measures to obviate similar surgical strike in the future. None of these politicians declare their criminal antecedents, movable aand immovable properties while filing nomination to the elections. Even those involved in corrupt and criminal acts take a stand they are not guilty till they are proved otherwise. Even the criminal politicians are getting bail with the the connivance of the respective State Government which has to be cancelled bythe Apex Court. Can anyone prove their parentage? It is only to belittle the bold decision taken by our Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji. Day-in-day-out our security forces are encountering serious security threats are sacrificing their precious lives. Instead of standing as united as one Nation we are fighting on irrelevant issues which not only demoralise our Armed Forces and we playing to the enemy gallery. In 1971 Ind-Pak war Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji described Indira hi as Goddess Durga whereas the Congress VP calls Narendra Modiji as "KHOOKA DALALI", what a shame.
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                Neti Naut
                Oct 7, 2016 at 1:02 am
                Why Khanduri, you want to release it to s?
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                  Ratan
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 2:41 am
                  इतना गोपनीय था तो सालों मिडिया में क्यों बताया। फर्जी मुठभेड़ है बोलकर पाकिस्तानी मिडिया भारत पर हंस रहा है हिंदुओ को हिजडा की कौम बोल रहा है। सबूत का अचार डालोगे
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