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Letters to the editor

Surgical strike politics With reference to “Past operations were covert, not surgical strikes, says Parrikar” (FE, October 13), it’s ironical that the defence minister Manohar Parrikar is seeking some cheers for the BJP govt led by PM Narendra Modi for the unprecedented surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army (against Pak based terror camps […]

Published: October 14, 2016 6:13 AM

Surgical strike politics
With reference to “Past operations were covert, not surgical strikes, says Parrikar” (FE, October 13), it’s ironical that the defence minister Manohar Parrikar is seeking some cheers for the BJP govt led by PM Narendra Modi for the unprecedented surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army (against Pak based terror camps in POK) on September 29. It’s highly unfortunate to learn that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using the relevant military images and the army’s intrepid cross-LoC raid as vote-catchers in four impending state elections. This could be the worst example of the dirty politics which tantamounts to politically en-cashing the national sentiments linked to the bravest act of our army. In all fairness, all credit must go to our armed forces. But a few self-serving and disgruntled individuals who have been shamelessly questioning the genuineness of these surgical strikes must be treated with the contempt they deserve.
SK Gupta
New Delhi
Media vs government in Pak
Cyril Almeida, a prominent journalist in Pakistan daily “Dawn” has been facing the wrath of Pakistan government for his report on a rift between the military and the civilian government over the military’s covert support to militant groups like the Haqqani network, Taliban and LeT. Another Pakistan leading daily “The Nation”, considered closed to the government, in a hard-hitting editorial has questioned the government as to why action against JeM chief Masood Azhar and JuD’s Hafiz Saeed is danger to the national security. It is the duty of media to reach out to the people with correct news. Ban on Ameida from leaving the country amounts to infringement on freedom of press. Facing the flak from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan wants China for its support in SAARC. It must be cornered by easing it out from SAARC, no matter if the size of SAARC shrinks.
KV Seetharamaiah
Hassan, Karnataka

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