“Surgical Strikes Across Indo-Pak Border Planned 15 Months In Advance”
Panaji: Former Defence Minister and Manohar Parrikar asserted on Friday that the surgical strike across the Indo-Pak border on September 29, 2016, was meticulously planned over more than a year prior to the actual strike. Preparations for the surgical strike started on June 9, 2015, 15 months prior to the event, he disclosed.
The Goa CM said both the surgical strikes across Indo-Pak and India-Myanmar were products of carefully planning. He recalled how the surgical strikes were carried out and while the strike across Indo-Pak border was publicised by media, details of the one across Indo-Myanmar border are relatively less known. The news has only leaked now but the details still remain a secret, he revealed.
Presently the Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar declared the Defence Ministry was “in a mess” and “there was total chaos in the ministry” when he took over in November 2014. He was reminiscing about his days as Defence Minister at an event organised in Panaji.
Recalling the killing of 18 Army men of 6 Dogra Regiment along the Indo-Myanmar border, he said he felt “personally insulted”, as a small terrorist organisation like NSCN-K (National Socialist Council of Nagaland) could kill so many Indian Army soldiers.
“But one question hurt me. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, being an ex-Army man, was explaining about the operation and one of the news anchors asked him: ‘Would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front?” “After a successful surgical strike, this was another insult to me, which I listened to very intensely, but decided to answer when the time comes,” he said.