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Indian minister refuses to share proof of so-called ‘surgical strike’

NEW DELHI: Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has refused to share video evidence of ‘so-called surgical strikes’ inside Pakistani territory after clamours from their opposition parties.

The minister instead questioned the loyalty of Indians who sought evidence from the Indian government about surgical strikes.

Parikar claimed that the cross-LoC operation as “100 per cent perfect surgical strike”, he said, the borders of the country are secure under the Narendra Modi government.

He expressed his regret that the first time recently some people are doubting,” he said, maintaining that he would not like to take names.

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“There is now no more reason to release video or to give any proof,” he said while referring to a claimed surgical strikes.

Parrikar, who was speaking at a BJP organised public meeting, said that many ex-servicemen have shown willingness to fight on the border if required.

“Some ex-servicemen wrote to me and said that they are ready to fight on the border if need arises. I salute them,” claimed the minister, adding, “Our nation carries the heart and courage to carry this task out.”

Meanwhile, regarding the Indian soldier’s arrest who infiltrated into Pakistan,  Parikar said he “inadvertently” crossed over into the Pakistani side of the defacto border.

Manohar Parrikar claimed the capture did not relate to the Indian military’s strikes on militants that sources said on Thursday occurred several kilometres inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

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“He had crossed over, which happens in border areas. There is a well established mechanism through DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) which has been activated,” the minister said, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Indian and Pakistani troops regularly exchange fire across the disputed border known as the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, but sending ground troops over the line is rare.

The two countries, separated at the end of British colonial rule in 1947, have fought three wars in the last seven decades — including two over Kashmir.




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