Omar Abdullah lashes out after Manohar Parrikar’s remarks on surgical strikes

Omar Abdullah tweeted, "It was planned because a minister was asked "an insulting question". What does one say! A news anchor's question could have provoked a wider conflict with Pakistan & we are supposed to feel safer with this sort of decision making."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2017 3:18 pm
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and President National Conference Omar Abdullah File/PTI Photo

Reacting strongly to Manohar Parrikar’s ‘surgical strikes’ remark, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah asked whether ‘we are supposed to feel safer with this sort of decision making.’

Parrikar on Friday said that an “insulting” question by a television anchor to union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore after the 2015 anti-insurgency operation along the Myanmar border prompted him to plan last year’s ‘surgical strikes’ in PoK. The Goa Chief Minister said, “The surgical strikes against militants in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) was planned 15 months in advance.”

Abdullah took to Twitter to express his shock at the supposed decision of conducting surgical strikes and asked how a nation could feel safe with a decision taken on the basis of an ‘insult’ made by a news anchor.

Abdullah tweeted, “The #SurgicalStrike had nothing to do with #Uri. It was planned because a minister was asked “an insulting question”. What does one say! A news anchor’s question could have provoked a wider conflict with Pakistan & we are supposed to feel safer with this sort of decision making.”

On September 29 last year, India announced that it had conducted ‘surgical strikes” inside Pakistani-side of the Line of Control destroying several terror launch pads across the border. The strike came after the terrorist attack on the Indian army base in Uri which claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.

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  1. A
    Jul 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    How Omar Abdulla can counter comments on Manohar Parrikar? When UP CM was not declared, he was furious to know his name. Once name was declared he was silent. He should look after J K only instead of peeping in other Departments/States. He has not commented on Mumbai Bomb verdict which came after 24 years, nor any comments on Jerman Bakery Blasts which is not anywhere near any Court/judiciary, nor Sanjay Datt who got more Parol than any other Terrorists have got in India.
    1. Gopal Das
      Jul 1, 2017 at 11:06 pm
      Omor Abdullah rightly pointed out. Surely a ministerial decision on defence cannot be on the basis of insulting question by a media reporter. The decision must be based on real need and actual condition. The pride of the nation got hurt, and it took decision to strike back, this at ude is not safe for a nation.
      1. V
        Jul 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm
        Then Mr Parrikar...what about the Northern neighbour China....The are openly intruding in Sikkim and elsewhere....why dint you plan a surgical strike and execute it??? Stop boasting and concentrate on your job...bcoz of your foot in the mouth character, you were probably shifted out from the defence ministry by Modiji. When will our politicians learn to be humble?
        1. S
          Jul 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm
          Mr Parikar,s comments should not mean that a reporter,s statement resulted in surgical strikes. What triggered a new thinking was that India should not suffer cross bordeerterror strikes and continue responding with empty threats . Therefore the reporter,s question became a catalyst for the defence ministry to respond with more than equal measure. If the defencè ministry orders war will the forces immediately declare war and attack? Are they s? For Omar Abdulla to twit is Ok .
          1. C
            Jul 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm
            Only being a Muslim does not mean they support terrorist. If this the case than entire Indian Muslims are terrorists. Stop spreading hatred ness against Muslim community .
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