In a bid to control the unnecessary politics over surgical strikes on terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked his ministers not to make public statements against the strikes and Pakistan. India Today reported PM Modi as saying that only the Indian army had the right to talk about it.
Leaders of the Congress including Sanjay Nirupam, P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal have raised doubts over the surgical strikes and blamed the BJP leaders of exaggerating it for electoral gains. The statements of these leaders have been widely reported in Pakistani media, proving how divided and short-sighted some Indian politicians can be at times.
India Today quoted sourced as saying that PM Modi asked his ministers not to make “experts comments” on the surgical strikes unless they are officially asked to do so.
The gag order was reportedly issued after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by the PM today. The meeting was called to discuss the situation in the aftermath of the surgical strikes.
The meeting was briefed about the situation on the LoC and the International Border as well as the hinterland, sources said. Tensions between India and Pakistan have increased after the surgical strikes carried out on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 on terror launch pads across the LoC. Pakistan has intensified cross-LoC firing and shelling since the surgical strikes.
(With PTI inputs)