No need to release surgical strike footage: Parrikar
As opposition leaders pester the PM Modi-led government to release the footage of surgical strike on Pak terror lads, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday questioned the “loyalty” of those who doubt the Army and seek proof of surgical strike across the LoC, even as he made it clear that there was no need to give out any video of the operation.
Hailing the government, Parrikar said the borders of the country were secure under the Modi government. He also described the cross-LoC operation as “100 per cent surgical strike”.
The former Goa CM, however, warned that one has to remain vigilant against “certain elements” who don’t owe their loyalty to the country completely.
Maintaining that he would not like to take nameS, the Union Minister said: “No one had doubted bravery of our forces ever, but for the first time recently some people are doubting.”
He also highlighted the sting carried by CNN News18, in which a Pakistani police officer has admitted the surgical strike from Indian side did happen. “There is now no more reason to release video or to give any proof,” he said.
Addressing a meeting organised by the BJP, Parrikar said many ex-servicemen had shown willingness to fight on the border, if required.
“Some ex-servicemen wrote to me and said they were ready to fight on the border, if need arises. I salute them,” said the minister, adding, “Our nation carries the heart and courage to carry this task out.”
He also said the forces and citizens would have to be vigilant against “frustrated” terrorists who will try and attack because of the shame they have been put to as a result of the surgical strikes.
Recently, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad strongly criticised AAP and the Congress parties on their remarks on the recent surgical strikes, accusing them of raising unnecessary questions on the Army’s act against Pakistani terrorists.
While praising Narendra Modi for his brave stand against terrorism on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asked the government to release footage of the strikes to expose “Pakistan’s false propaganda”.
Attacking Kejiriwal, Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “Mr Kejriwal, you need to know, today you are the headline in Pakistani media. Politics is separate but please don’t do or say anything whereby our Armed Forces feel let down.”
“Does Kejriwal believe in valour of our Army or not,” Prasad had said.