Indian Army okay with govt releasing ‘surgical strike’ video to dispel doubts
After the ‘surgical strikes’ garnered apprehension and doubt, the Indian Army has taken a serious step to support the government by giving it permission to use the video footage of the surgical strike against terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Economic Times has reported. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) holds the final decision, it added. Report claims that the Army is keen that India releases evidence that will answer the alleged claims of falseness of surgical strikes.
This comes after repeated questions created on authenticity of the surgical strikes, as Pakistan dismissed the claims of surgical strikes by India. Pakistan’s high command claimed it to be cross-border firing initiated by India. Reportedly, the US had refrained from commenting on surgical strikes, but asked both the nations to continue the talks. Following the tension created, Opposition politicians had started asking for the ‘proofs’ of the surgical strikes.
The bigger concern of the government is Pakistan’s response, as release of video may escalate Indo-Pak tensions by forcing the Pakistani establishment in a corner, high-level government officials said off the record to ET. “There is no doubt at all that the strikes inflicted heavy damage. Proof is available with the government that clearly shows our troops engaging the targets effectively,” a senior government official said. Top strategists claim abundance of proofs as photographs as well as video footage, shot by both ground troops and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which monitored the operation.
The Indian Armed forces have made only one public statement on the surgical strikes on September 29 in the media meet led by Director-General of Military Operations Lt Gen Ranbir Singh. According to the report, Air Chief Marshal Raha has held back his comment as situation is still ‘live’, adding that Indian Air Force holds the “power to punish” , but the use of this power is in hands of the government.