`Surgical strikes’ first ever, Govt tells Parliament panel
New Delhi: It is the first time that Indian Army had conducted surgical strikes, government told a parliamentary panel Tuesday. Earlier, the army had crossed LoC just to hit targets, but on September 29 the Army crossed LoC to destroy terror camps, government said. Many UPA leaders had claimed that surgical strikes were conducted during the UPA regime too.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar was quoted as saying,”If the question is that did the Army cross the LoC in the past too, the answer is yes. But if the question is that did the Army carry out an operation to destroy launch pads of terrorists across the LoC, the answer is no.” Jaishankar was responding to a question by Satyavrat Chaturvedi, a Congress member in the Standing Committee on External Affairs.
Chaturvedi had asked specifically whether surgical strikes were conducted earlier or not. Sources also said that Jaishankar refrained from using the phrase ‘surgical strikes’.
The government also said that earlier the Army operations across LoC were not made public, it was the first time that government has gone public . (Agencies)