Uproar in Pakistan enough proof for surgical strikes: Amit Shah

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To keep surgical strikes distant from politics, the government left the announcement of action to the Army, BJP president Amit Shah said on Friday. “We wanted this strike to be distant from politics. That's why the press conference was addressed by the Army. However, some people are playing politics and humiliating the Army by questioning surgical strikes,” said Shah.

 

“DGMO (Director General of Military Operations) Ranbir Singh had briefed reporters about soldiers travelling into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir for carrying out operation and not Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar,” he added. Opposition leaders, who had initially praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes, later accused him and his government for taking credit for Army’s action.

 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had asked the government to present proof of the strikes, which have been denied by Pakistan. Sources said the government is not likely to take any hasty decision on releasing the evidence. "We condemn the politicisation of the strikes and uproar in Pakistan is enough to prove that surgical strikes have taken place," said the BJP President.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sought to rein in his colleagues’ sabre-rattling in the face of Opposition naysayers by instructing his ministerial colleagues to restrain themselves and avoid creating hysteria around the sensitive issue of surgical strikes. Modi’s reaction to the on-going political slugfest over the surgical strikes came during the Cabinet meeting, while the feasibility of releasing some evidence of the strikes was being deliberated upon.

 

The PM said only authorised people should speak on the matter. Taking on Rahul Gandhi for his ‘dalali’ diatribe directed at the PM, Shah said is ‘dalali’ an appropriate word used in reference to the Indian Army and their valiant efforts in serving the nation. "Who are you questioning? Are you questioning the soldiers who risked their lives? What did Arvind Kejriwal want when he asked for proof? And after his statements, Kejriwal became a trend in Pakistan. From this, it is clear his words have helped whom," he added.

 

"Soon after Kejriwal ji made the statement on the surgical strikes, his name started trending in Pakistan. Just want to ask Rahul Gandhi, is 'dalali' a word to refer to the Indian Army and their efforts to save the country?" he said. On Thursday, Rahul had hit out at the Prime Minister accusing him of "hiding behind the blood of soldiers" and said that he was politically exploiting their sacrifices. "Jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain.

 

Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai. {You (Modi) are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong}," Rahul had said.

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