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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Army carried out 100% perfect strike, no need to give proof: Manohar Parrikar

AGRA/NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar questioned the "loyalty" of those who doubted the Army and sought proof of surgical strikes across the LoC even as he made it clear that there is no need to give out any video of the operation.

Describing the cross-LoC operation as "100 per cent perfect surgical strike", he said the borders of the country are secure under the Narendra Modi government.

Parrikar's statement cames exactly a day after Modi cautioned against "chest-thumping" about strikes. He went on to add: "In matters of the country's defence, I can think tedha (wily)."

Parrikar warned that one has to remain vigilant against "certain elements" who don't owe their loyalty to the country completely.

"No one had doubted bravery of our forces ever, but for the first time recently some people are doubting," he said, maintaining that he would not like to take names.

Highlighting a news report in which a Pakistani police officer has admitted that surgical strikes did happen, Parrikar said, "There is now no more reason to release video or to give any proof."
Parrikar, who was speaking at a BJP organised public meeting, said that many ex-servicemen have shown willingness to fight on the border if required.

"Some ex-servicemen wrote to me and said that they are ready to fight on the border if need arises. I salute them," said the minister, adding, "Our nation carries the heart and courage to carry this task out."

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