Mumbai: Amid bitter politics of one-upmanship over the surgical strikes, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said all Indians including those who have raised doubts can share credit for the operation as it was done by the armed forces and not by any political party.
At the same time, he said that a large share of credit does go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for decision-making and planning.
"I don't mind sharing the credit, including on surgical strike, with every countryman because it is done by our armed forces and not by any political party. So all Indians, including, those doubting it also, can share the credit," he said at a function here.
He said sharing of credit will settle the nerves of many. The Minister said he understands the sentiments of the people and they are satisfied now.
Several political leaders and parties have questioned the surgical strike and have sought proof. The Congress, while officially supporting the government over the strike, has also said that similar operations were undertaken during its tenure also.
Modi had warned ministers against ‘chest-thumping’ on the Indian Army’s surgical strikes. He also said that ministers should not speak out of turn on the issue. The Prime Minister made clear that only those authorised should speak on the strikes.
India attacked terrorist launch pads across the LoC on September 29, with the security forces killing 38 terrorists. However, Pakistan has refused to acknowledge that surgical strikes took place in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), calling it Indian propaganda.
Meanwhile, the Opposition have also questioned the Centre on the strikes, saying that proof of the strikes must be shared by the government.
Footage of the strikes-filmed in part by drones - was submitted to Modi, said reports....