India’s surgical strikes on terror sanctuaries a justified step: Hamid Karzai

Karzai said that though Afghanistan had repeatedly asked US to conduct cross-border attacks against terrorist sanctuaries outside the country, it 'didn't happen'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 1, 2016 11:07 am
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Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai on Saturday supported and appreciated the Indian Army’s decision to conduct surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads along LoC to defend the country. The former president said, “Indian Army’s surgical strikes on terrorist sanctuaries is a justified step in order to defend their land.”

Karzai said that though Afghanistan had repeatedly asked US to conduct cross-border attacks against terrorist sanctuaries outside the country, it ‘didn’t happen’. He said, “We repeatedly demanded US to conduct cross-border attacks against terrorist sanctuaries outside Afghanistan which didn’t happen.”

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Karzai asserted that Afghanistan has been a victim of terrorism and fundamentalism for years and that it felt the need of such military operations more than anyone else. “Afghanistan has been a victim of terrorism and fundamentalism for years. We feel need of such military operations more than anyone else,” said Hamid Karzai.

Karzai’s reaction comes days after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes to destroy seven launch pads along the LoC where teams of terrorists had positioned themselves. The Army said significant casualties were inflicted among the “terrorists and those providing support to them”.

Lt General Ranbir Singh, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), told reporters in New Delhi, “The operations were focused on ensuring that these terrorists do not succeed in their design to cause destruction and endanger the lives of our citizens.” The operations, he said, have since ceased and the Indian Army does not have plans for further continuation.

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