We carried out a 100% perfect surgical strike, says Manohar Parrikar amid demand for proof

NEW DELHI(PTI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that the attack carried by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) on the terror launch pads was a 100% perfect surgical strike. Over the last few days, leaders of various political parties have demanded proof on the surgical strikes conducted by the security forces.

Speaking at an event in Uttar Pradesh organised by the state’s BJP unit, Parrikar said, “We carried out a 100% perfect surgical strike, our nation carries the heart and courage to carry this task out.”

The Defence Minister also said that some ex-servicemen had written to him and said that they are ready to fight on the border if the need arose. Parrikar said, “I salute them.”

Parrikar also took a potshot at those raising questions over the surgical strike, saying, “No one had doubted the bravery of our forces ever, but for the first time recently some people are doubting.”

Meanwhile, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said the Army has handed over to the government video clips of the cross-LoC operation as per the procedure laid down.

A political slugfest broke out over surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC with Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam calling it ‘fake’, provoking stinging criticism from BJP even as his own party said it ‘totally dissociates’ from his remarks. The Congress leader went on to demand ‘some evidence’ to prove the surgical strikes did take place and accused the Centre’s ruling BJP of indulging in politics over the issue.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too had asked the government to release the proof of the cross-LoC surgical strikes to counter the Pakistani propaganda against the operation.

Seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the Indian Army on the night of September 28 in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.