Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s apparent appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide the proof of surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir has triggered a controversy.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today hit out at the Delhi Chief Minister, saying the latter has belittled the Indian Army by asking for proof of the surgical strikes. Addressing reporters in New Delhi, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad today said, “When the nation is standing together in such times, why is an Indian Chief Minister saying things that have given the Pakistani media a chance to question India?”
Prasad strongly condemned Kejriwal’s statement, saying he shouldn’t do or say something that insults the nation’s Forces. “They (Army) are there on the border for us, I request Arvind Kejriwal to not let them down with such statements,”’ Prasad said.
In a video released on Monday, Kejriwal had saluted Prime Minister Modi for carrying out the surgical strikes but he had indirectly appealed to the PM to release proof of the surgical strikes to expose Pakistan’s false propaganda over the issue.
Pakistani media including TV, newspapers and websites widely reported Kejriwal’s report.
Writing about Kejriwal’s remarks, the Pakistan Observer said: “Chief Minister of Delhi has stopped short of asking the government to release footage of the strikes which were conducted on seven terrorist launch pads or staging areas. Claiming that foreign media appears to be backing Pakistan’s claim, he says ‘my blood boils to see such reports’.”
In a news item titled ‘Delhi CM ‘questions’ authenticity of India’s ‘surgical strikes’ in Pakistan’, The Express Tribune reported: “Following suspicion raised by international media over India’s claim of carrying out “surgical strikes” against ‘militants’ in the Pakistani side of Kashmir, politicians across the border have now started questioning the authenticity of the incident.”
“Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged Indian premier Narendra Modi to release evidence of the ‘strikes’ which are still shrouded in mystery. Pakistan has already ripped to shreds the farcical claim as an “illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects”, it said.
Similarly, Geo News reported: “Narendra Modi’s vocal opponent in a video message said that Pakistan denies that a ‘surgical operation’ took place and now Modi should prove that they happened. Kejriwal gave Pakistan’s example saying that the Pakistani Army took foreign media to the Line of Control to show that such strikes did not take place.