1. Congress says UPA government also carried out ‘surgical strikes,’ but never made them public

Congress says UPA government also carried out ‘surgical strikes,’ but never made them public

The party listed three dates -- Septemeber 1, 2011; July 28, 2013 and January 14, 2014 when the strikes took place. Since these strikes were not made public, a look at events surrounding these dates might hint at the real action.

By: | Published: October 5, 2016 10:20 AM
army-ap-L In 2011, Five Indian and three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a shooting between August 30 and September 1,2011 across the LoC in Kupwara district. Following which, both the countries blamed each other for initiating hostilities, reports The Indian Express. (AP)

After the recent surgical strikes and a subsequent support shown to the NDA government, the Congress on Monday claimed that UPA II, like the incumbent government had also carried out “surgical strikes” but without making them public.

The party listed three dates — Septemeber 1, 2011; July 28, 2013 and January 14, 2014 when the strikes took place. Since these strikes were not made public, a look at events surrounding these dates might hint at the real action.

September 1, 2011

Five Indian and three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a shooting between August 30 and September 1,2011 across the LoC in Kupwara district. Following which, both the countries blamed each other for initiating hostilities, reports The Indian Express. 

While Pakistani media reports claimed that the fighting was initiated by the Indian security forces, spokesman of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Athar Abbas, confirmed that the attack was unprovoked. He also added that three soldiers were travelling across a post when they got lost due to bad weather and it was after a 24-hour search that their bodies were recovered.

However Lieutenant Colonel J S Brar, spokesman of the Indian Army said that Pakistan had made and infiltration bid in Keran sector on August 30 which was foiled by the Indian forces. Brar added that on the night of August 31, an Indian border post was fired at by the Pakistani troops which in turn started a gunfight and consequent casualties.

Meanwhile, in April 2011, the commerce secretaries met in Islamabad urging Pakistan to grant the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India and India removing the non-tariff barriers to Pakistani products.

Prior to this, in May 2011, India released a list of 50 ‘Most Wanted Fugitives’ hiding in Pakistan, including Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed, in a bod to exert pressure on Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden. However, after two errors were spotted in the list, CBI removed the list from their website while the Pakistani interior ministry rejected it altogether.

July 28, 2013

On July 27, a Pakistani Army soldier was reportedly killed and another seriously injured in “unprovoked” fighting by the Indian side across the LoC. Condemning the shooting, Pakistani foreign office said that it was “unfortunate that such an incident should have taken place at a time when the two governments are making sincere efforts towards improving relations.” However, the Indian Army blamed Pakistani troops for violating ceasefire.

On July 30, 2013, four Pakistani men were reportedly killed near Katwar post in India. The latter claimed that the men were “militants” and “intruders” while Pakistan rejected the claim and said that those men were “local civilians” plucking herbs near the LoC and were abducted by the Indian Army.

Earlier in January 2013, Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team, wearing black combat uniforms, crossed the LoC and ambushed and Indian Army patrol squad, killing two soldiers of the 13 Rajputana Rifles and injuring two others. All through 2013, the relations between the two countries remained tensed and little progress was made in terms of diplomatic talks.

January 14, 2014

On January 13, 2014, the then Army Chief General Bikram Singh said that a strong reply had been given to last year’s cross-border raids by Pakistan, referring to reports that 10 Pakistani soldiers had been killed in Indian action across the LoC.

Asked what retaliatory action had been taken, the Army Chief said that soldiers “have reacted well as required” and that there is an endeavour “not to escalate the situation into operational or strategic arena”.

Two days after January 14, Pakistan’s commerce minister Khurram Dastgir Khan visited India and met his counterpart Anand Sharma and the two sides held talks on liberal trade regime.

Towards the end of the year, there were unprecedented cross-border violations since the 2003 ceasefire agreement came into place. A meeting between Directors General of Military Operation met in Wagah after 14 years to normalise the relationship between the two countries.

During the meeting, the Indian side strongly raised the issue of at least two cross-border raids that resulted in the death of seven Indian soldiers and also conveyed that it does not expect a repeat of 2013 that saw over 195 ceasefire violations on the LoC. DGMO Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia and Pakistan’s Maj Gen Aamer Riaz also decided to hold two flag meetings between the Brigade Commanders on the LoC.

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    K.Chellapandi
    Oct 5, 2016 at 5:26 am
    Let the UPA leaders should give the evidence or proof first
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      demon
      Oct 5, 2016 at 5:21 am
      I am laughing my heart out
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        demon
        Oct 5, 2016 at 5:59 am
        I dont know y people cant see a strategy in all this, whatever this is, it has rattled stan. In congress regime , even during mumbai attack they just waltz through the sh*t storm they created. W world knows it, who carried out that attack. People who are asking for proof after seeing too much stani news should know, stan cant say there were surgical strikes as, as it will directly confirm they have terrorist pads on their soil.The bigger question we need to ask ourselves is how we can mount more pressure? comments like these from people in congress or aap just shows they cant go beyond their petty politics. We as a nation should stand as ONE unit. In good or bad. Moreover, the release of statement for political strike was due as people of nation needed something to boost their morale. The unrest after URI Attack was Unfathomable. People wanted some action & our army has given it to them.Do you really think operations like such were ever carried out earlier? We all know they were never & for obvious reasons. I dont have to reiterate them here.After all the dust settles & it will u will realize that coming generations will thank this action as this will resort to some permanent solution to this problem. Some one had to bite the bullet & our prime minister did that. & it paid off so please deal with it that this guy really has guts to get things done.
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          Ramachandra Rao Pedaparthi
          Oct 5, 2016 at 9:08 am
          It is true. Congress also made surgical strikes but not against LeT or JuD but against Corporates of Communication, Mining etc. and made huge scams amounting to lakhs of crores which Mr.P. Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram, Kanimoghi, Maran, Raja etc. (I have to stop it else the list goes on and on) are well aware of.
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            Manvendra
            Oct 5, 2016 at 5:29 am
            Had it been made public then, very few in world would have supported India then.It is Modi's foreign policy that nobody is against India.But now it seems that democracy is showing its disadvantages and rats in India are taking the moral of army down. Army moral is boosted by citizens support. And these AK like rats are not seeing this basic fact.
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              satish kumar
              Oct 5, 2016 at 5:19 am
              Yes this point of congress is appreciable, There are certain rules in Army which are never made public. For example any news paper or tv media or public rep never authorised to enter military units. Buts this law is broken . Army law needs to be more strict for civilians and news media. Politicians need vote bank but Army officers not need any vote
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                Satya
                Oct 5, 2016 at 5:38 am
                It was Army which called for Press Conference this time, it was required to highlight the atrocity of stan and send a message Action will be taken and reply will be given, today and tomorrow.
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                  Vinayak S
                  Oct 5, 2016 at 5:24 am
                  I never doubt our army, but this is the time to tell the world that PAK is terror sponsor and take actions before we lose few more brave men's.
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