In the backdrop of opposition’s allegations of unsuccessful surgical strikes Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “If surgical strikes was a failure, the opposition would not have spared us.”
Addressing the people in Goa at an event he said, “There was no doubt about capacity, the integrity of army. What was required was political will and capacity which we showed during the surgical strike.”
” We showed a political maturity. If the surgical strike was a failure, the opposition would not have spared us,” he added.
Coming out heavily on the leaders questioning the bravery of soldiers he said, ” No need of certificate by political leaders over bravery of defense personnel. Indian army is capable of facing any adversity, no need of proof of surgical strikes.”
On September 18, four heavily armed JeM militants had stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours, killing 18 soldiers and injuring 19.
In retaliation to the attack, seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the army on the night of 28 September in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.