Refuting the Congress claim, Army says it does not have data of any surgical strikes before September 29, 2016

Refuting the Congress claim of multiple surgical strikes being conducted during the UPA regime, the Army in response to a RTI has said that it does not have data of any such operation.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently said that the armed forces were given a free hand to counter security threats under the Congress government as well. “Multiple surgical strikes took place during our tenure as well. For us, military operations were meant for strategic deterrence and giving a befitting reply to anti-India forces than to be used for vote garnering exercises,” Singh was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times. The Congress had claimed that atleast six surgical strikes were carried out during their tenure at the centre.

According to a report in The Indian Express, applicant Rohit Choudhary had sought information about how many surgical strikes on Pakistan were carried out between 2004 to 2014 and after September 2014, and how many of them were successful.

In its reply, Army DGMO stated: “This section does not hold any data pertaining to surgical strikes if carried out before September 29, 2016.”

The 2016 surgical strikes were carried out by Indian forces on terror camps across the Line of Control, 11 days after militants attacked an army camp at Uri killing 19 soldiers. Terror launch pads were destroyed and huge casualties inflicted among militants by Indian soldiers during the surgical strike.