Union minister Venkaiah Naidu today alleged that “some politicians” are speaking the “language of Pakistan” on the surgical strikes carried out across the LoC last week and said it is “not fair” to ask jawans to “show proof” of their operations against terrorists.
“In a bizarre development, we have seen today some politicians are speaking the language of Pakistan on the surgical strikes carried out by our brave jawans on terrorist launch pads across the LoC,” he said at an event here.
These people seem to have more faith in Pakistan’s misinformation campaign, the Information and Broadcasting Minister alleged.
Earlier in the day, Naidu’s cabinet colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his remarks “seeking proof” of the anti-terror surgical strike carried out in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The “irresponsible talk” of those demanding proof only shows their “lack” of confidence in and respect for our jawans, as they are questioning assertions of the country’s army generals in public, he said.
These people have not realized the consequences of what they are saying and their statements amount to presenting India “in a poor light” in the eyes of the world, Naidu said and asked the armed forces not be affected as these comments are being made by “minor” political players.
“They are completely disconnected from the public mood and outrage over continued terror attacks against India, aided, abetted and funded from across the border,” he claimed.
Referring to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had hailed Indira Gandhi for defeating Pakistan in the 1971 war, Naidu said the nation needs to stand united when forces inimical to India and its progress are bent upon disrupting the socio-economic fabric of the nation.
“Political considerations should be kept out of security operations,” he said.
Naidu also said details of the recent surgical operations were furnished to the people of the country not by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar but by those who are mandated with the task of ensuring safety, security and integrity of the nation.
“I am confident that those who are talking irresponsibly about army actions will realise their mistake and stop indulging in such anti-national utterances,” he added.