Surgical strike video clips handed over to government

There has been growing chorus demanding proof of the surgical strikes.

Union Minister Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said the Army has handed over video clips of the surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the LoC to the government.

Ahir said there is a process for putting such issues in perspective which was duly followed by the Army as well as the government.

“The laid down procedure has been followed. The DGMO briefed (about the surgical strikes). It was not the Defence Minister nor the Prime Minister and not the Home Minister. It was the DGMO who briefed (the media). That was the right thing to do and they (Army) did it.

“There was a time when written documents were submitted. Now the times have changed. Now clips are given and the clips have been given,” he said.

The Minister of State for Home’s statement comes amid the growing chorus for showing proof of Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday raked up a controversy by calling the surgical strikes “fake”, provoking stinging criticism from BJP.

The Congress leader went on to demand “some evidence” to prove the surgical strikes did take place and accused the Centre’s ruling BJP of indulging in politics over the issue.

While saluting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asked the government to release the proof of the cross-LoC surgical strikes to counter the Pakistani propaganda against the operation.

With patriotic sentiments running high amid soaring tensions with Pakistan, Union Minister Uma Bharti said leaders who cast “doubt over the Army’s surgical strike should take Pakistani citizenship”.

(With PTI inputs)