Prime Minister Narendra Modi is understood to have cautioned his Cabinet colleagues against creating a hysteria over the military action against terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC). This restraint comment from Modi comes amidst the raging debate over the surgical strikes
During the Cabinet meeting, Modi is understood to have told his ministerial colleagues that only authorised people should speak on the issue of surgical strikes and one should avoid speaking out-of-turn, sources said. During today’s CCS meeting, Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed PM Modi about the situation in Kashmir. Rajnath Singh had earlier held a meeting with senior ITBP officials and NSA Ajit Doval to review the border situation.
The high-level meeting was attended all top ranking NDA ministers and senior government officials.
His word of caution came against the backdrop of demands that the government should present proof about the cross-LoC raids to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan.
The demand has triggered a raging debate on whether the proof should be provided or not. The BJP and experts are against disclosing details of the operation by the Special Forces.
It may be noted that few days back in daring attack the Army had conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LOC), after which DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh had told a media briefing that the strikes caused significant casualties to terrorists and those who were shielding them.
Speaking on the operation , Singh said that the motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory, adding that no Indian casualties during surgical strikes that were carried out in Pakistan territory last night by the Indian Army.
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence which was to meet tomorrow for a briefing by the representatives of the Ministry of Defence on ‘Surgical Strikes across the Line of Control (LoC)’ has decided to postpone the meeting. The panel will now meet on October 14.