Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today said the government should provide “details of coordinates where strikes were conducted”. Tharoor, however, has said that no video proof is required as it will compromise the intelligence even as his party mounted pressure on the Centre to put forth “credible” evidence of surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army across LoC. According to the India Today report, Tharoor has warned that Pakistan has been exploiting the situation in Kashmir. Attacking Pakistan over its denial of the surgical attacks, he said the neighbouring country’s “denial suits us. they can’t retaliate to a strike which never happened according to them”.
Earlier, Congress’ senior spokesman Anand Sharma also sought to dismiss the claim that the surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads was the first such retaliation by the Indian Army, insisting that it had responded earlier too “as per the need or provocation”. Asked about Aam Aadmi Party’s demand that the Centre put out a video of the surgical strikes, Sharma said Congress does “not have slightest doubt” about what the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) said after the operation. At the same time, he said, Pakistan is attempting to mislead its people by claiming that no such attack had taken place. In this backdrop, it would be necessary for the Prime Minister to “expose” Pakistan by putting forth credible evidence about the surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, according to Indian Express.
The announcement about the action was made by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh at a press conference in New Delhi.
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The growing demands for the proof to be made public came days after Pakistan told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that India’s claim of carrying out a surgical strike across the LoC was false and insisted that the responsibility for the “escalating crisis rests entirely on India”. In her meeting with the UN chief, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi told Ban that Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint but would respond forcefully to any acts of aggression and provocation.
Lodhi said India’s “claim” of carrying out a surgical strike across the Line of Control was “false” but added that India had by its own admission “committed aggression” against Pakistan, according to a statement by the Pakistan mission. She added that the responsibility for the “escalating crisis rests entirely on India”,