Manipur ambush led to planning of PoK surgical strikes, says Manohar Parrikar

Speaking before a gathering of industrialists in Panaji, the Goa Chief Minister said, "The surgical strikes against militants in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) was planned 15 months in advance."

By: PTI | Panaji | Updated: July 2, 2017 12:12 am
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Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said he felt “insulted” by a June 4, 2015 ambush on an Indian Army convoy by the north-eastern militant group NSCN-K. and that the PoK surgical strike was planned following that attack. Speaking before a gathering of industrialists in Panaji, the Goa Chief Minister said, “The surgical strikes against militants in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) was planned 15 months in advance.”

On June 4, 2015, north-eastern militant group NSCN-K ambushed an Indian Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur and killed 18 jawans. Parrikar said when he was informed about the incident, “I felt insulted….A small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat in the afternoon and sat in the evening and worked out the (plan of) first surgical strike which was conducted on 8th June morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border).”

“It was a very successful strike,” he said, adding that on Army’s side, the only instance of an injury was a leech attaching itself to a soldier’s leg. Contrary to some reports, no helicopters were used. “I had placed helicopters (on stand by) only in case of emergency evacuation,” he said.

“The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was 9th of June, 2015….We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis,” he said. The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate “firing units” of Pakistani Army, though the system was inducted officially three months later, Parrikar said. Thanks to this Radar, forty firing units of Pakistani Army were destroyed, he added.

(This story has been updated. Earlier, PTI erroneously reported that an “insulting” question by a TV anchor prompted the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to plan last year’s surgical strikes in PoK.)

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    ksp
    Jul 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm
    if the ex-defence minister's rantings are true, is an ex-defence minister allowed to give out operational details of an army operation to public. Point to ponder.
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      Baiju
      Jul 3, 2017 at 10:14 am
      “I had placed helicopters (on stand by) only in case of emergency evacuation,” he said. Seriously and he planned it without the Army's recommendations...liar and cheat, takes all credit and does not give it to the deserved army leadership..
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        V M
        Jul 2, 2017 at 7:26 pm
        The best defense minister
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          heena
          Jul 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm
          What hope we have lost during UPA rule gained during NDA rule. The UPA had compromised internal, external and economic security of India. During UPA had highly educated people who knows only how to twist the law whereas common man uneducated only knows how to trust the law. UPA regime not better than Gazni and Ghori invasion of India.
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            patra
            Jul 3, 2017 at 7:52 am
            Service tax increase 6 during NDA's last three years rulling. This type hope we are gaining.But reality is that the expenditure of aam admi increasing rapidly .
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            Fekuchand fenydas
            Jul 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm
            This Goa's Feny is suffering from foot in mouth disease . The moment he talks, controversies erupt. According to him, it is not the army training that gave strength to our armed forces but training of RSS. How could he be our defense minister.
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              Murthy
              Jul 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm
              Fekudas, It is your mouth in your foot that is arguing.
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              Kamal Pasha
              Jul 2, 2017 at 1:40 pm
              Manohar Parrikar, why don't you export SURGICAL STRIKE in package to Middle East where this will be of good and you will become millionaire.
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                Ahsu
                Jul 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm
                I have heard the real surgical strikes by indians on railway tracks but this so claimed surgical strikes by indian army in dreams.
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                  Anoop
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 12:20 am
                  I am a goan and thank god he's no longer DM unfortunately back as CM. Looks like he passed the comment as he misses being in the limelight. Needs to think before passing such absurd comments.
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