The surgical strikes on terrorist camps across the Line of Control (LoC) in the wee hours of September 29 was not the first such attack by India, the Congress claimed on Tuesday, specifying three dates in the UPA regime when the armed forces conducted similar operations successfully.
AICC communications department in-charge Randeep Surjewala said that the surgical strikes post the Uri terror attack were neither the first nor would it be the last to be conducted by the armed forces.
“We are proud that, even in the past, our forces had 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,” Surjewala said.
He said that the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh, had in its maturity, wisdom and interest of national security, avoided making a loud claim to ensure the effective response and action of the Indian Army, which had the full support of the political leadership.
Interestingly, Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed on July 25 2013, with the then defence minister A K Antony participating in the function. And a surgical strike was carried out three days after that.
Then army chief Gen Bikram Singh had held a press conference on January 13, 2014, one day before a date given by the Congress, declaring that the Armed forces had avenged the beheading of an Indian soldier. Going by the data provided by the Congress, two surgical strikes were conducted after the beheading.
Interestingly, while the Congress claimed that the UPA government had conducted a surgical strike on September 1 2011, a bomb blast was carried out at the Delhi High Court on September 7, 2011, in which 17 people died. On July 13, 2011, three bomb blasts in Mumbai had killed 26 people. These terror attacks were linked to Pakistan-based terrorist groups.
The surgical strikes across the LoC were seen as a shift in India's strategy while dealing with cross-border terrorism. And the Congress, aware that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP stood to benefit from it, has decided to state that such operations were conducted even during the UPA rule.