Proving surgical strike
An ugly political slugfest has broken out over the surgical strikes conducted by Indian special forces in Pak-occupied Kashmir on September 29. The Congress believes the rendra Modi government is taking credit and making political capital out of the retaliation across the LoC. AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh has termed PM Modi and tiol Security Adviser Ajit Doval ‘war-mongers’ while claiming that surgical strikes were conducted during the UPA government’s time too. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has called the strikes ‘fake’ unless the government furnishes evidence; party vice-president Rahul Gandhi has now rubbed it in further by accusing the Modi government of indulging in ‘dalali’ over the blood of soldiers. AAP supremo and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal while ‘saluting’ the Prime Minister, has asked him in the same breath ‘to expose Pakistan’s lie’ by giving out credible proof of the LoC strike. Kejriwal’s sly reference is to the Pak establishment’s vociferous denial of Indian commando operations in PoK. There seems to be no understanding at all that Islamabad’s denial shows a desperate unwillingness to admit its terror apparatus in PoK, the weakness of its vaunted army and the failure of its nuclear blackmail. The Indian Army has now handed over to the government video and photographic evidence collected by drones during the operation. So should the Government of India put out the evidence in public domain, and thereby give away vital security-related information to the enemy? For answer, we need look only to the US, which has never felt the need to publish evidence of its covert operation in Pakistan to il Osama bin Laden, despite massive injury to the collective American psyche by the September 11 attacks. No US politician has ever demanded that the Obama administration furnish such proof either. When it comes to terror attacks and counter measures, political posturing is a shameful betrayal of the country’s interests. In this context, Prime Minister Modi’s reported warning to cabinet colleagues not to speak out of turn and stoke hysteria over the army action is highly welcome.