Lauding the Army operation, Parrikar said, “The most important thing about surgical strikes is the secrecy. Only PM, me, Army chief and Director General of Military Operation knew.”
Calculated release of videos of surgical strikes serves political, not military, ends.
“Congress will get a certificate from some terrorist organisations of Pakistan just like Ghulam Nabi Azad got the certificate from Lashkar-e-Toiba,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “Is the Congress’s only commitment to demoralise the armed forces?”
It questioned the timing of the release of the video and argued that the Narendra Modi government, which claimed credit for the Army action, had mistreated the armed forces by not providing them state-of-the-art equipment and slashing their budgetary allocation.
On the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016, Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), just eleven days after the Uri attack which had claimed the lives of 18 soldiers.
Surgical strike video: “Let the ruling dispensation remember that the blood and sacrifice of our brave soldiers cannot become a political vote garnering tool for the Modi Government and the BJP,” Congress said.
SURGICAL STRIKE VIDEO OUT: On the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016, Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in PoK.
Not just this, after the surgical strikes, the present Army chief… a senior Congress leader went to the extent of calling him a gunda,” Modi said.
“I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them what we did so they can come and take their bodies if they have time,” said PM Modi.
Sending a message to Pakistan that India would never accept terrorism, Narendra Modi, in the “Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath” event, said the country knew how to teach a lesson to those who ran the industry of exporting terror and kill Indians.
Referring to the statement of India’s Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa that the Indian armed forces are ready for a full spectrum operation, Asif said Pakistan wants to live in peace and harmony with its neighbours.
A year on, the radical initiative after the Uri attack has attained its political aim. Its strategic goals, however, have not been fully realised
Lt General D S Hooda (retd) who led the surgical strikes tells The Indian Express that the operation went according to plan and adds a serious option to India’s range of responses to terror attacks
Calling the successful operation a shattering of the glass ceiling, Lt Gen Hooda said the Army can do another successful surgical strike.
Since the surgical strikes, 178 militants have been killed, both in the Kashmir Valley and on the LoC — 31 between October and December last year, and the rest this year.