Surgical strikes: Salman Khurshid corners govt, backs Chidambaram’s assertion on Operation Ginger

P. Chidambaram made this disclosure to put the record straight as the incumbent regime was trying to create an impression that the UPA did nothing in its tenure.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2016 5:21 pm
Salman Khurshid. (File) Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid. (File)

In the wake of the escalation of a war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress following a revelation that the Indian Army had conducted a surgical strike on Pakistani military outposts earlier in 2011, former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said his former cabinet colleague P. Chidambaram made this disclosure to put the record straight as the incumbent regime was trying to create an impression that the UPA did nothing in its tenure.



“This has been said very categorically by former home minister P. Chidambaram and it’s also been validated and repeated by other people. This has been said only for this purpose that an impression was being created by the government of the day that we never did anything when we were in power, I think that was unfair,” Khurshid told ANI.

“And just to put the record straight, Mr Chidambaram and others have put this out in the public domain and I am glad it is being done,” he added.

Stating that it would be unfair to discuss this matter any further, Khurshid said, “Since we have said that these are operational details that we don’t discuss, we only credit the army and give the army the opportunity to take whatever steps are to be taken whether it was then or now, we will leave it at that.”



As per reports, the Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in 2011 in retaliation to a surprise attack on an army post in Gugaldhar ridge in Kupwara in July that year which led to the death of 13 soldiers and beheading of six of them. In revenge, the Indian Army planned Operation Ginger.

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  1. Spot Nana
    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:37 am
    This Khursheed is one of the biggest traitors from the Congress Doghouse...
    1. S
      Oct 10, 2016 at 8:39 am
      the NDA should not bother when these man singhs and Todar mals come out to speak as parrots. Why were the congressi's silent for the frontier hi, and congress is in stan who were dumped in a unwanted stan, the congress is guilty and accountable for the millions of people vanished in this stupid parion and apeasment to communal muslim forces.
      1. S
        Oct 10, 2016 at 7:59 am
        If we are to believe what PC and SK are saying then why stan never complained to put it other way round why were such strikes if they took placedid not produce the desired effect it is producing now.The point is Congress lost its opportunity the political game and upmanship is all about that, so what is wrong if the present govt milks its right actions. Congress might hv concentrated more on Dalits,Muslims,Communalism,Suedo Secularism etc.
        1. Harsh Vardhan
          Oct 10, 2016 at 8:09 am
          To the Congi's and opposition in general. Surgical strikes were done in the past agreed. The difference arelt;br/gt;1. Absolute free hand given by Modi sarkar to the defence;br/gt;2. Synchronised military and diplomatic initiatives to isolate 's
          1. M
            Oct 10, 2016 at 8:11 am
            action and counter action was all about publicity and now in 2016 making noise of 2011 -- silly
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