On Monday, the top officer of the Indian Army’s Northern Command said that the first surgical strike was executed by India in the latest comment on a protracted political battle between the BJP-led government at the center and the opposition over authorizing targeted counterattacks across the Line of Control.
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, referring to a recent reply by the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) to the sources, said that the first surgical strike by the armed forces took place in September 2016, to take revenge of the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, in which 19 soldiers were killed.
Lt General Singh told at a news conference, “A few days ago, DGMO said in a reply to an RTI that the first surgical strike happened in September 2016. I don’t want to go into what political parties say, they will be given an answer by the government. What I have told you is a statement of fact”.
When the Lt General was asked about Congress’s claim of conducting six surgical strikes during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule challenging PM Modi’s claim of being the first government to clear such a military action. Earlier, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla claimed that in 2000 and in 2003 two surgical strikes were carried out.
PM Narendra Modi mocked Congress saying the party that questioned the surgical strikes is now saying “me too, me too.” The PM alleged that Congress has carried out surgical strikes only on paper. Lieutenant General (Retd) DS Hooda, the former chief of the Northern Command, also said that the armed forces will not benefit from the politicization of military operations.