Maintaining that no surgical strikes were conducted in the past and the credit for the September 29 strikes in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir should go to the Indian Army and citizens of the country, defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said the next response need not be a surgical strike since “unpredictability” keeps the enemy guessing.
He said the strikes were the result of a decision taken by the government of the day and it should be “cheered” for that. “We need surgical strikes but our next response need not be by way of a surgical strike. There should be unpredictability in response. Otherwise, the enemy can study your pattern and prepare its strategy,” Parrikar said at an event in Mumbai.
Referring to the Opposition criticism that BJP was trying to take credit for the strikes, the defence minister said:
“The credit for the surgical strikes goes to the Army and 127 crore Indian citizens. We don’t take credit for the surgical strikes. However, it is the government that takes decisions and such a government should be cheered.”
Describing the current situation “better than 2013”, Parrikar credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for securing the borders. “I should say that the national borders are much more secure under the leadership of the PM.”