Videos not to be made public now: Parikar

parikarDefence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday made it clear that the government is not prepared to make public the footage of surgical strikes carried out by the Indian armed forces across LoC in the wee hours of Thursday last in Pak-occupied Kashmir.

There are many people who are not loyal to our country and criticized Indian army, but we don’t have to give them any proof, he asserted.

He praised the Indian Army for executing “perfect” surgical strikes stating that the perfection and precision surprised the enemy caught them unawares. Addressing a public event here, Parrikar lauded the armed forces and said: “I am proud of our soldiers. When asked to conduct a surgical strikes not only they conducted a strike but achieved hundred per cent strike without any casualty.”

“The world would not have seen such a perfect surgical strike ever,” he said, adding, “Our soldiers are capable of performing a perfect strike which is not heard about even from forces of the leading nation.”

Parrikar said people doubting the Army operation and asking for its proof “were not loyal to the country”. He said, “No one had doubted the bravery of our forces ever, but for the first time recently some people are doubting it.”

The BJP’s decision to celebrate the surgical strikes in Uttar Pradesh came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gagged his ministers from “chest-thumping” and speaking out-of-turn on the issue.

Opposition leaders have accused the BJP of using the Army’s anti-terror operation to attract votes in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and other poll-bound states.

On Wednesday, posters showing Modi as Ram and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as Ravan surfaced in Varanasi, which is also the Prime Minister’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Medaram Jathara

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