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Congress’s surgical strikes claim punctured

New Delhi; The surgical strikes conducted against seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29 were the first of its kind.

Former DGMO Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia
Former DGMO Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia

Former Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia dented Congress’ claims that at least three surgical strikes were carried out between 2011 and 2014 under the party-led United Progressive Alliance regime.

“We never carried out such strikes earlier. They were not strikes, but actions carried out at very very local level. When you are firefighting you may go across the LoC a few meters, but then you cannot call them cross-border strikes,” Bhatia, who was the Director General of Military Operations from 2012 to 2014, told DD News.

“I don’t want to get into the politics of it. I am just saying that the two kinds of operations simply cannot be compared. While the earlier ones were planned and executed at a small, tactical level, the September 29 surgical strikes were very, very special,” Bhatia added.

On Tuesday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had said: “In the past, our forces have successfully conducted such surgical strikes on numerous occasions, particularly on September 1, 2011, July 28, 2013, and January 14, 2014, giving a befitting reply to the enemy.”

Congress leader and former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram too had recently claimed that surgical strikes were carried out in 2013 during the UPA regime.

Expressing anguish over demands for proof of the military action, Bhatia said special military operations are never publicised.

“Give the credit that is due to the Indian Army. There have been questions on whether the (current) DGMO’s (Lt Gen Ranbir Singh) claims of the strikes are correct or not. Please do not question the DGMO or hurt the Army. By doing this you are degrading your own Army,” said Bhatia.

“No Army in the world ever publicises or propagates its tactics or the way it carried out operations, especially covert operations. No one should ask for evidence; that means you are doubting the credibility of your own Army and the nation also.”

“Special operations are never publicised, no Army, no nation ever does that,” added Bhatia.

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