Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said credit for the surgical strikes that destroyed terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir must go to the Indian Army, adding that he would only share a part of it.
Parrikar also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for green signaling the strikes.
“Credit must be given to Army.. credit also goes to the PM for decision making and planning. I will only share the credit, major share goes to PM. This should settle the nerves of many people,” Parrikar said.
Parrikar was speaking at the MET 2016 (Materials Engineering Technology) conference in Mumbai.
Last Thursday, at an event in Lucknow, Parrikar hit out at those he said were doubting the Army operation and calling for proof of the surgical strikes.
“No one ever doubted the bravery of our forces, but for the first time some people are expressing doubts… A race seems to be on. There’s a reason why they are asking for proof. Many people are afraid that Modi’s image will increase (after the surgical strikes).”
The Indian Army, on the night of September 28, conducted surgical strikes across the LoC to eliminate terrorists waiting at launchpads, ready to infiltrate the country and carry out attacks.
The announcement was made by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh at a joint press conference with the Ministry of External Affairs on the following day.