1. BJP snubs the idea of giving surgical strikes’ proof; says releasing video would be against national interest

BJP snubs the idea of giving surgical strikes’ proof; says releasing video would be against national interest

BJP has lashed out at both AAP and Congress for politicising the surgical strikes and questioning the Army.

By: | Updated: October 6, 2016 8:40 AM
soldier-ap-L “Why should we disclose video clips and other proof? How can we make Army secrets public? It is a question of national security and it will be against national interest,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma. (AP)

Amidst a demand for some concrete ‘proof’ of the surgical strikes conducted by Indian across the LoC, the Bhartiya Janta Party on Wednesday said that there is no need for releasing any evidence as that would be against national interest and national security.

“Why should we disclose video clips and other proof? How can we make Army secrets public? It is a question of national security and it will be against national interest,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma.

Recently, Congress leader Nirupam Sharma in a shocking statement called the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC ‘fake’.

“Every Indian wants #SurgicalStrikesAgainstPak but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by #BJP,” Nirupam tweeted. At a time when all political parties, are speaking in one voice, and lauding the Indian Army, Nirupam’s statement has not gone down well with people. This is not the first time that Nirupam has given importance to politics over national solidarity. Earlier he had tweeted, “India expect a real #SurgicalStrikesAgainstPak so that Pakies must cry. Not like last one which they refuse to even admit.#BaramulaAttack.”

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had also urged the Modi government to show ‘proof’ of the strikes. While lauding PM Narendra Modi for taking strong action against Pakistan, he said that the government should present proof of the surgical strikes so that the neighbouring country does not raise questions. BJP has lashed out at both AAP and Congress for politicising the issue and questioning the Army.

“Has anything happened? What action Pakistan has taken against the culprits? How long will we keep giving in to their demands? Now, we will respond only through action, not through words or evidence,” Sharma said.

His comments come a day after The Indian Express revealed eyewitnesses’ accounts of the surgical strikes.

India’s armed forces had launched surgical strikes along the LoC on terrorist launch pads operating in PoK on the intervening night of September 28-29. However, Pakistan denied any such operation and said that only two of its soldiers were killed in the cross-border firing that took place during the night.

EManwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir said that raising questions on the operation conducted by the Armed forces is equal to “humiliating” them. He also added that the Army would have some evidence and they must have handed it over to the Prime Minister. “The Prime Minister can use his discretion on whether it should be made public or not.”

Ahir said the US had not released video clips or any other documents on the killing of Osama bin Laden. “Usually, such things do not go public,” the minister said.

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