Friday, October 7th, 2016

Surgical Strikes: Defence Ministry to Brief Parliamentary Panel next week

Narada Desk | October 7, 2016 12:36 pm Print
Defence Ministry is set to brief the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence on the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Special forces in Pakistan occupied Kashmir(PoK)
Manohar Parrikar

As war-of-words escalates surrounding surgical strikes, the Defence Ministry is set to brief the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence on the strikes carried out by Indian Special forces in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir(PoK).

Media reports claimed that the Defence Ministry has expressed reservations in sharing the details of the strikes with lawmakers. But Press Trust of India has quoted Parliamentary sources saying that the panel is unlikely to push for seeking details beyond what is already in public domain. The Army has already gone on record about the strikes across LoC.

The meeting scheduled for October 14, had originally been planned for October 7 but was postponed. The agenda for the meeting “Briefing by the representatives of the Ministry of Defence on surgical strikes across the Line of Control ( LoC),” remains unaltered.

Following the speculations, a BJP panel member said that the meeting was postponed as some members were not available in Delhi. On their request, the meeting was rescheduled. Another member of the committee, a senior Congress leader, said he would not like to speculate on suggestions that the ministry is not ready to share details. “Like Media, we cannot speculate, “he said.

The meeting comes as a discussion on the demands that the government should present proof across the cross- LoC raids to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan. Such demand has created uproar, with heavy and serious debate raging across the country that whether the proof should be provided or not.

Experts along with BJP are against the idea of disclosing details of the operation by the Special forces, but opposition believes video proof will be a help in countering Pakistan’s claim that there was no strike by Indian Army across LoC.

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